CSSF Project Listings: 2016
Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Senior Division

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S0501
Vardhaan S. Ambati, Grade 11
A Permutable Nanotherapeutic Using Engineered CRISPR/Cas9: A Personalized Treatment for Cancer Heterogeneity and Viruses
Advisor: Dr. Thuy Anh Nguyen
School: Mitty (Archbishop) High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0502
Jessika Baral, Grade 11
Small Cell Lung Cancer Detection Using Nuclear Factor I/B Expression: Increase Patient Survival in 1 Minute for 1 Dollar
Advisor: Dr. Julien Sage
School: Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, Alameda County
S0503 — Third Place
Jerry Chen, Grade 10
Amy Jin, Grade 10
Combating the Obesity Epidemic: Gene Knockdown and Drug Repurposing to Discover Therapeutic Targets and Novel Treatments
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0504
Caleb E. Cheung, Grade 9
Moringa oleifera and Boswellia serrata, Natural Calcium, and BMP-6 Inducers to Treat Osteoporosis
Advisor: Dr. Shiva Sreenath Andrali
School: Maranatha High School, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County
S0505
Julia H. Cho, Grade 12
Genetically Encoded Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer-based Ca2+ Indicator for in vivo and Deep Tissue Imaging
Advisor: Mrs. Pamela Chow
School: Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
S0506
Noa E. Dahan, Grade 10
Identification of MDM2 as a Novel Antiapoptotic Factor in Grade IV Astrocytoma
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S0507
Amy C. Dunphy, Grade 10
Preventing Urushiol (Poison Oak) Induced Dermatitis by Deactivating the Allergen
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0508
Rochelle M. Ellison, Grade 12
Effects of Curcumin and Tannic Acid on Amyloid Beta Aggregation: A Novel Potential Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S0509
Durga Ganesh, Grade 12
Angiopoietin-2 Induces Myeloid Cell Adhesion via G Protein-Coupled Receptor X
Advisor: Mr. Jason Lee
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0510
Chloe Glikbarg, Grade 11
Identification of a Transdifferentiation Regulating Gene in C. elegans
Advisor: Dr. Pan-Young Jeong
School: Dos Pueblos Senior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
S0511
Sarah F. Gross, Grade 10
pHood Matters: The Impact of Food pH on Health in Its Application to Humans through Testing Chicks and Mice
Advisor: Ms. Deborah Kenton
School: Trinity Pacific Christian School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S0512
Shivani Gupta, Grade 12
A Quantification of Anthocyanin Levels in Fruits
Advisor: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
S0513 — Honorable Mention
Aditya A. Guru, Grade 10
Discovery of a Novel Mutation Causing Retinal Degeneration through Genomic Analysis
Advisor: Dr. Radha Ayyagari
School: Torrey Pines High School, Encinitas, San Diego County
S0514
Krystal R. Horton, Grade 9
A Simple Field Detection of Citrus HLB Associated Bacteria in Insect Vectors
Advisor: Dr. Manjunath Keremane
School: Western Center Academy, Hemet, Riverside County
S0515
Kylie M. Huch, Grade 12
Quantifying the Extent to Which Traits of Extinct Species Can be Revived via the Bioengineering Method of De-extinction
Advisor: Mr. Darren Dressen
School: Los Altos High School, Los Altos, Santa Clara County
S0516
Neda Izadyar, Grade 11
Bioengineering of Bone Fragments in Calcium Alginate Using Canine Adipose Derived Stem Cells Exposed to BMP-7
Advisor: Mr. Mike Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
S0517
Saichandra Kalvakota, Grade 11
Mathematical Models of Cancer Development in the Human Digestive System
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
S0518 — Honorable Mention
Krish B. Kapadia, Grade 9
Anjay Saklecha, Grade 9
The Use of Lactic Acid Levels in Saliva as a Novel Biomarker for Sepsis
Advisor: Dr. Erez Podoly
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0519
Ryan D. Kmet, Grade 12
A Pharmacologic Study Side Effect Prediction through Evaluation of Target and Nontarget Proteins
Advisor: Ms. Tami Johnson
School: California City High School, California City, Kern County
S0520
Morgan M. Kopecky, Grade 9
A Novel Silk Fibroin Derived Paper Sensor for the Noninvasive Detection of Diabetes
Advisor: Mr. Mike Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
S0521
Nishanth Krishnan, Grade 11
Protein Cages with Antibody Binding Capacity for Targeted Drug Delivery
Advisor: Dr. Jacek Ostrowski
School: Torrey Pines High School, Encinitas, San Diego County
S0522
Pranav V. Lalgudi, Grade 11
Identification of Transdifferentiation Regulating Genes in Caenorhabditis elegans
Advisor: Mr. Jason Lee
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0523
Jasmine A. Mack, Grade 12
Variations of Zeaxanthin epoxidase and Phosphoglucomutase in Landoltia punctata
Advisor: Ms. Katherine Huang
School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
S0524 — First Place
Varun Mandi, Grade 12
Examining Coding and Non-Coding Regions of Enhancer Landscapes in Vascular Cells (VSMCs) Stimulated with Angiotensin II
Advisor: Mr. James Kirkpatrick
School: Troy High School, Fullerton, Orange County
S0525 — Second Place
Gitanjali P. Multani, Grade 11
Priyanka P. Multani, Grade 11
Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer via B7-H4 Quantification in a Microfluidic System
Advisor: Dr. Ratneshwar Lal
School: Torrey Pines High School, Encinitas, San Diego County
S0526
Onyinyechi C. Onyeador, Grade 10
Effects on Mouse Growth of Postnatal Novel Protein Kinase Gene Deletion in Endothelial Cells
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Stockton
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
S0527
Jennifer R. Pan, Grade 10
Computationally Revealing Protein Targets for Metal-based Drugs
Advisor: Mr. Michael Tran
School: Beckman (Arnold O.) High School, Irvine, Orange County
S0528
Varun Y. Patro, Grade 9
Determination of Optimal pH Range for Sucrose-to-Glucose Conversion by Invertase: Selection of Foods for Diabetic Diet
Advisor: Mrs. Brianna Harris
School: Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, Ventura County
S0529
Jennifer H. Phan, Grade 12
Shedding Light on Proteins: The Effect of Scattered Light on Protease Activity
Advisor: Mrs. Debbie Lewis
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
S0530
Sophia D. Qin, Grade 11
Identifying a Role for Sox2 in the Development of Retinal Astrocytes for Proper Vision
Advisor: Ms. Amanda Kautzman
School: Dos Pueblos Senior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
S0531
Therese Santiago, Grade 11
Detection of Biomarker Ciz1 b variant for Early Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
Advisor: Dr. Daya Upadhyay
School: Clovis North High School, Fresno, Fresno County
S0532 — Honorable Mention
Anin Sayana, Grade 12
Accelerating Cancer Immunotherapy: Optimization of an EGFRvIII-based Cancer Vaccine for Improved Glioblastoma Prognosis
Advisor: Dr. Albert Wong
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0533
Geneva R. Schlafly, Grade 11
Genomic Reliability of Consumer Tests
Advisor: Mrs. Kerry Twohig
School: Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
S0534
Serena J. Soh, Grade 11
Maintaining Viability in Cellular Therapies for Age-Related Macular Degeneration during Cryopreservation
Advisor: Dr. Britney Pennington
School: Cate School, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County
S0535 — Honorable Mention
Scott S. Song, Grade 11
Development of a Novel Microfluidic System to Study Neurodegenerative Disorders
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0537
Hannah L. Ward, Grade 11
Ultraviolet Fermentation: The Effects of PUVA and PUVB Exposure on Saccharomyces cerevisiae Metabolism
Advisor: Mr. Jeffrey Sum
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County
S0538
Caroline C. Zhang, Grade 11
Investigation of Glucocorticoid Receptor Degradation and Its Antagonists to Address Cancer Drug Resistance
Advisor: Dr. Nanhai He
School: Torrey Pines High School, Encinitas, San Diego County
S0539
Daniel D. Zhang, Grade 10
Developing a Low Cost Noninvasive Prenatal Diagnosis for Genetic Disorders
Advisor: Ms. My Ingram
School: Westview High School, San Diego, San Diego County
S0540 — Fourth Place
Clare Zhu, Grade 12
Quantifying the Complexity of Conformational Transitions in the Partial and Biased Activations of GPCRs
Advisor: Dr. Lei Shi
School: Northwood High School, Irvine, Orange County


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