CSSF Project Listings: 2015
Microbiology (General)

Senior Division

S1501 — Third Place
Rohan Bhushan, Grade 9
Gravitactic Effects of Copper Pollution on Glucose Metabolism in Euglena gracilis
Advisor: Dr. James Barry
School: Monterey High School, Monterey, Monterey County
Simon Cao, Grade 10
Investigating the Synergism between Polyphenols and Macrolides: A Method to Combat Antibiotic Resistance?
Advisor: Mr. Jonathan Bowns
School: Clovis North High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Augustine G. Chemparathy, Grade 12
Accumulation of the Biodiesel Precursor Triacylglycerol Offsets Oxidative Stress in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Advisor: Dr. Xiaobo Li
School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
S1504 — Fourth Place
Rebecca P. Chen, Grade 12
Determining Genetic Causes of Streptococcus pyogenes' Susceptibility to Retinoic Acid
Advisor: Dr. Ericka Anderson
School: Torrey Pines High School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Yingchen Chen, Grade 10
Yintung Chen, Grade 11
A Comparative Assessment of the Inherited Resistance of Escherichia coli K-12 against Three Common Disinfectants
Advisor: Mr. Michael Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
S1506 — Honorable Mention
David A. Colton, Grade 11
The Survival of the Probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus in a Model Stomach System
Advisor: Dr. Jane Wiloughby
School: San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Grace M. Dailey, Grade 9
The Effect of Increasing Colloidal Silver Concentrations in Combination with Vancomycin against B. cereus and E. coli
Advisor: Mr. Carl Ma
School: The Branson School, Ross, Marin County
Anna D. de la Rosa, Grade 9
Red Hot Fungi Fighters: Effect of Capsaicin Extracted from Kashmiri Chili Peppers on Growth of Aspergillus flavus
Advisor: Mr. Franklin Parmar
School: Connelly (Cornelia) School of the Holy Child, Anaheim, Orange County
Luke J. Elissiry, Grade 10
Elizabeth J. Vojvoda, Grade 10
Using Computer Simulation to Determine the Effect of Fatality Rate on the Spread of Disease
Advisor: Mrs. Robin Groch
School: San Ramon Valley High School, Danville, Contra Costa County
Michelle A. Essien, Grade 11
Everett N. Kim, Grade 11
Efficiency of Viral Phage T4 in Combating E. coli
Advisor: Mrs. Teri Osborn
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County
S1511 — First Place
Elan E. Filler, Grade 11
Transcriptional Regulators as Drug Targets for Treatment of C. glabrata Infection
Advisor: Ms. Julie Munoz
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
Anita Garg, Grade 9
Hari Garg, Grade 11
A Survey and ANOVA Analysis of Ultra-Low Concentrations of Bacterial Contamination
Advisor: Ms. Shannon Bunch
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Quentin A. Gonzalez, Grade 9
Can Algae Be Used as an Ink Substitute?
Advisor: Ms. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Sophia M. Hewitt, Grade 9
Optimizing Chromosomal Exposure for Fluorescence in situ Hybridization in Tetrahymena thermophila
Advisor: Ms. Lea Richardson
School: North Hollywood Senior High School, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County
Lauren M. Hinkley, Grade 10
Effects of Calcium and Vitamin K on Microtubule Depolymerization in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S1516 — Honorable Mention
Ray C. Huang, Grade 11
Toward a Strategy for Extending Antibiotic Effectiveness Indefinitely: Introducing Antibacterial Bio-Restriction
Advisor: Mr. Wayne Garabedian
School: Clovis West High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Garron W. Ireton, Grade 11
Gentamicin Assay: A Study of the Effects of Gene Suppression on E. coli Infectivity Rates
Advisor: Mrs. Debbie Lewis
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
Bowen Jiang, Grade 9
Your Daily Plate of Algae: The Effect of Algal Hydrophobicity on Their Ability to Grow on Solid Media
Advisor: Dr. Gordon Wolfe
School: Pleasant Valley Senior High School, Chico, Butte County
Joshua R. John, Grade 9
What Is the Effect of Dollar Bill Value on the Amount of Microbes Found Present on the Bill?
Advisor: Ms. Renee Fallon
School: Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
S1520 — Second Place
Anthony K. Kang, Grade 10
TraY-cing the Origins of Antibiotic Resistance Spread through F Conjugation
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Saumya R. Keremane, Grade 12
A Rapid Field Detection of Liberibacter Bacteria Using Lateral Flow Technology
Advisor: Dr. Richard Lee
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
S1522 — Honorable Mention
Janie Kim, Grade 10
Developing a Novel Antimicrobial Using Contact Lens Solution Preservatives
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Kai M. Kirby, Grade 10
James T. Schulfer, Grade 10
Kirk O. Tada, Grade 10
Electric Fungi 2.0: A Practical Approach to the Propagation of Fungi as a Food, Medicine, and Cure for Hunger
Advisor: Mr. Woody Maxwell
School: Ventura High School, Ventura, Ventura County
S1524 — Honorable Mention
Varun R. Mandi, Grade 11
Novel HIV & Tuberculosis Combination Therapy: Proliposomal Formulation of Efavirenz & Glutathione for the Dual-Infected
Advisor: Mr. James Kirkpatrick
School: Troy High School, Fullerton, Orange County
Advait Patil, Grade 9
CryoSubtilis: A Synthetic Biological Approach to Engineering Cold Resistance in B. subtilis
Advisor: Mr. Jason Lee
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Titus M. Patton, Grade 10
Antimicrobial Properties of Stingray Mucus
Advisor: Dr. Amardeep Khushoo
School: Sanger High School, Sanger, Fresno County
Ruby A. Rorty, Grade 9
Risky Business: Using Physarum polycephalum to Model Comparative Evaluation
Advisor: Dr. Lindsay Hinck
School: Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
S1528 — Honorable Mention
Akshay K. Srivastava, Grade 12
The Effects of Temperature on Exoelectrogenic Bacteria with Applications to Microbial Fuel Cell Performance
Advisor: Mrs. Janet Schneider
School: Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County
Chaitra S. Subbarao, Grade 11
Molecular Detection of Peronospora effusa during the Latent Period
Advisor: Dr. Steve Klosterman
School: Salinas High School, Salinas, Monterey County
Cecilia C. Wolf, Grade 10
The Effect of Amount of Dextrose Sugar on the Carbon Production of Bakers, Brewers, and Champagne Yeast
Advisor: Mr. Todd Samet
School: Redwood High School, Larkspur, Marin County

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