CSSF Project Listings: 2012
Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Senior Division

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Easun Arunachalam, Grade 11 portrait
A Novel Method of Increasing Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Wastewater through the Fenton Reaction
Advisor: Ms. Orenda Tuason
School: Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, Los Angeles County
Vikas C. Bhetanabhotla, Grade 10 portrait
A Novel Approach to Combating Brain Tumors Using Hyperpolarized Carbon 13 NMR
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0504 — Fourth Place
Eric R. Bryan, Grade 10 portrait
Effect of Temperature + Electrode Size on Electric Production + Growth of Electric Production of Microbial Fuel Cells
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Redwood High School, Larkspur, Marin County
S0505 — Second Place
Nikhil Buduma, Grade 11 portrait
PTX-Mediated Inhibition of Lymphocyte Trafficking into the Lungs: Considerations for an Improved Whooping Cough Vaccine
Advisor: Mr. Patrick Adams
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0506 — Honorable Mention
Eric S. Chen, Grade 10 portrait
MicroRNA: A New Way to Fight Pancreatic Cancer
Advisor: Ms. Wendy Slijk
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Sara N. D'Souza, Grade 10 portrait
New Mechanism and Neuronal Activation of Brain by Peripheral Leptin: Potential Applications in Obesity
Advisor: Ms. Wendy Slijk
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Bianca N. De, Grade 10 portrait
Modeling the Effects of Angiostatins and Mitotic Inhibitors on Vascularized Tumor Growth
Advisor: Dr. Prasanta De
School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
William Du, Grade 11 portrait
Novel Insights into Ultraconservation in Human Genes
Advisor: Mr. Timothy Newman
School: Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, Alameda County
S0510 — Honorable Mention
Brian L. Hie, Grade 12 portrait
PI3-Kinase and STAT3 in Cancer
Advisor: Mrs. Cheryl Stock
School: Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Teri Lambros, Grade 11 portrait
The Anticancer Effects of Certain Dietary Supplements through the Inhibition of NF-kB
Advisor: Dr. Ying Huang
School: Upland High School, Upland, San Bernardino County
S0512 — Honorable Mention
Gwendolyn G. Lee, Grade 12 portrait
Impact of vRNA and M1 Protein on the Structure and Budding Mechanism on the Influenza A Virus
Advisor: Ms. Stacy Sjoberg
School: Marlborough School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
S0513 — Third Place
Kenneth Y. Lee, Grade 12 portrait
The Role of Testosterone in Hepatocyte Apoptosis in High Fat Diet-Induced Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Year 2
Advisor: Mr. Peter Starodub
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
S0514 — Honorable Mention
Meredith P. Lehmann, Grade 12 portrait
Virgil A. Woods, Grade 12 portrait
In vivo Drug Assembly
Advisor: Mr. Aaron Quesnell
School: La Jolla Senior High School, La Jolla, San Diego County
Enrique Lorenzo, Grade 12 portrait
Vanessa G. Mendoza, Grade 12 portrait
Francine Rubio, Grade 12 portrait
Leaf Chromatography
Advisor: Ms. Robin Pearce
School: Carter (Wilmer Amina) High School, Rialto, San Bernardino County
Haley A. Lu, Grade 10 portrait
AsparagYES or AsparagNO?
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Tracy Ly, Grade 11 portrait
Nanohydrogel for Treating Cancer by Efficient Delivery of Resveratrol
Advisor: Dr. Young Kwon
School: Godinez (Hector) Fundamental High School, Santa Ana, Orange County
S0519 — Honorable Mention
Natalie Ng, Grade 10 portrait
Development of a Novel Biomarker Discovery Tool to Identify Clinical Signatures from Deconvoluted Expressions
Advisor: Mr. Joe Kim
School: Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Preethi Padmanaban, Grade 12 portrait
GM Plants: Manipulating Extracellular pH to Reduce Antibiotic Transformation Frequency in E. coli
Advisor: Mr. Narquiz Cervantes
School: Silver Creek High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Jiho Park, Grade 10 portrait
Modeling and Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Membrane-Bound Aromatase Reveal Novel Druggable Sites
Advisor: Dr. Rommie Amaro
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Christiane H. Pham, Grade 11 portrait
It Runs in My Blood! The Relationship between Malaria Resistance and the Duffy Antigen
Advisor: Dr. Jay Vavra
School: High Tech High, San Diego, San Diego County
Roxana Rodriguez, Grade 11 portrait
Milk in Your Tea? The Effect of Milk on Green Tea Flavonoids
Advisor: Ms. Glendy Ramirez-Delacruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Brooke J. Rothschild-Mancinelli, Grade 12 portrait
The Effect of Natural Solar UV Radiation on the G1 Checkpoint in S. pombe
Advisor: Dr. Lynn Rothschild
School: Carlmont High School, Belmont, San Mateo County
Brittany R. Salyers, Grade 11 portrait
Got Protein?
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Manita Singh, Grade 12 portrait
Effects of Polycaprolactone and UV Treated Poly (methyl methacrylate) Electrospun Fibers on Stem Cell Differentiation
Advisor: Ms. Wendy Slijk
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S0529 — First Place
Aryo Sorayya, Grade 11 portrait
Overcoming the Cold Chain: Designing a Novel Freeze-Stable Vaccine
Advisor: Dr. Rajiv Nayar
School: Monte Vista High School, Danville, Contra Costa County
Ramya Swami, Grade 11 portrait
Sanjna Verma, Grade 11 portrait
Effects of Dietary Vitamin D on the Progression of Breast Cancer Tumors in Mice
Advisor: Dr. Srilatha Swami
School: Saratoga High School, Saratoga, Santa Clara County
Tanay Tandon, Grade 9 portrait
Novel Detection of Hematological Cancer: A Proposed Conductivity Based Analysis for Early Leukemia Cell Identification
Advisor: Dr. Valerie Morris
School: Cupertino High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Anna T. Thomas, Grade 10 portrait
Exploring Neural-Immune Synergy: TNF Inhibition Protects Against Maternal Illness Induced Neuronal Dysfunction in Autism
Advisor: Dr. Nicole Odell
School: Presentation High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Emily To, Grade 12 portrait
Intracellular Ion Channel Drug Potency Assay: Ensemble Mitochondrial Measurements Demonstrate Bilayer Platform Potential
Advisor: Mr. John Allen
School: Oak Grove High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Sailee Yadav, Grade 11 portrait
Targeting ER Stress in Type 2 Diabetes: A Bittersweet Battle
Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Lashier
School: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County
Kelly X. Zhang, Grade 11 portrait
Fluorescent Imaging for Nano-Detection (FIND) of Cancer Cells for Future Surgery
Advisor: Ms. Poonam Saraf
School: College Preparatory School, Oakland, Alameda County
Larry Zhang, Grade 10 portrait
HMM Model Usage to Determine Gene-Specific CpG Ratios and Location of Genes
Advisor: Mr. David Cleland
School: Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Maria D. Zumkeller, Grade 10 portrait
Comparing Iron Concentration of Organic and Non-Organic Vegetables
Advisor: Mr. Nathan Whittington
School: Sanger High School, Sanger, Fresno County

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