CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Junior Division

J0501 — First Place
Mythri Ambatipudi, Grade 8
Break the AGE Barrier! Inhibit Advanced Glycation End-products to Combat Atherosclerosis, Cancer and Diabetic Disorders
Advisor: Mrs. Neha Makhijani
School: Stratford Middle School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Nathan J. Bowman, Grade 6
Changing Vitamin C in Hottentot Figs
Advisor: Ms. Lorraine Martin
School: North Star Academy, Redwood City, San Mateo County
Kayley A. Bryan, Grade 8
Digestion Rate of Starch Solution in Amylase Solution at Various Temperatures and Concentrations
Advisor: Mrs. Jewely Lopez-Lickey
School: Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger, Fresno County
Lianna M. Daug, Grade 7
Using Ion Leakage to Assess Cell Membrane Damage Due to Freezing
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Karnes
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
David M. Duncan, Grade 6
What's In the Meat We Eat? Detecting Antibiotics in Beef, Pork, and Chicken Using Bacillus stearothermophilus Microorga
Advisor: Mr. Norm Brennan
School: Mirman School for Gifted Children, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Kendyl M. Lassley, Grade 8
A Comparative Study of Strawberries Grown in Soil vs. Hydroponics to Optimize Vitamin C Levels
Advisor: Mrs. Diane Loflin
School: Quail Lake Charter School, Clovis, Fresno County
J0507 — Fourth Place
Justin E. Lehman, Grade 8
Stimulating Axons to Heal Nerve Damage
Advisor: Dr. Stu Feinstein
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
J0508 — Honorable Mention
Benjamin C. Liu, Grade 7
A Home-Made Micro-fabricated Lab-on-a-Chip Device for Urinalysis
Advisor: Dr. Robin Liu
School: Dana (Richard Henry) Middle School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County
Angel Magana, Grade 8
Tie-Dye Milk: Bipolar Effect
Advisor: Mrs. Robin Spanton
School: Juniper Ridge Elementary, Termo, Lassen County
Mikayli A. Moore, Grade 7
The Effects of Growth Environment and Temperature on Carotene in Red Bell Peppers
Advisor: Mr. Dwight Vieira
School: Burton Middle School, Porterville, Tulare County
Camryn L. More, Grade 7
The Use of Homemade Protein Electrophoresis to Determine a Hypoallergenic Dog Breed
Advisor: Mr. Ralph Wege
School: San Benancio Middle School, Salinas, Monterey County
J0512 — Third Place
Rajiv Movva, Grade 8
Preventing Excessive Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetes Patients: An Inhibition Mechanism of Alpha-Amylase with Flavonoids
Advisor: Mrs. Kristen Morgensen
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Rhiannon Palmieri, Grade 7
Quantifying Tooth Decay
Advisor: Ms. Gaea Reid
School: Willits Charter School, Willits, Mendocino County
Eesha Pamula, Grade 6
Effects of Cooking on Different Organic and Conventional Foods
Advisor: Mrs. Heather Mackewicz
School: Challenger School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Sophie J. Parsa, Grade 8
Ruby A. Rorty, Grade 8
Tree Relations: Investigating Tree Evolution Using Computer Science
Advisor: Ms. Sherri Kilkenny
School: Mission Hill Junior High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Aadil M. Rehan, Grade 7
Do Ions Regulate Positional Information and Regeneration?
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Sarah N. Saboorian, Grade 8
Is There a More Efficient Method to Make a Cheaper Gel Electrophoresis Kit and Is Gel Electrophoresis a Viable Way to Te
Advisor: Mr. Mark Hobbs
School: Fairmont Private - Edgewood Campus, Santa Ana, Orange County
Pooja A. Sheladiya, Grade 8
Feeling Low? Turn Up the Turmeric!
Advisor: Ms. Christina Fisher
School: Raney (Letha) Intermediate School, Corona, Riverside County
Tori H.A. Takeshita, Grade 8
Burning Calories
Advisor: Mr. Dan Grendziak
School: Wangenheim Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
J0520 — Honorable Mention
Amelia R. Talkington, Grade 8
The Impact of Simulated Stomach Acid on Microorganism Growth in Organic and GMO Soybean/Yogurt Cultures
Advisor: Ms. Silvia Zamora
School: Renascence School International, Costa Mesa, Orange County
Pandora P. Vamvakas, Grade 8
Calorie Meter
Advisor: Ms. Bridget Brandon
School: Riverside Preparatory, Oro Grande, San Bernardino County
J0522 — Second Place
Michael D. Wu, Grade 8
A Physical and Chemical Analysis of the Nutritional and Caloric Content of GM vs. non-GM Papayas
Advisor: Mrs. Nancy Driscoll
School: Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, Irvine, Orange County

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