CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Microbiology (General)

Senior Division

Vinay Ayyappan, Grade 10
A Novel Method of Mitigating Bacterial Quorum Sensing via Inhibition of Autoinducer-2 by Polyvinyl Alcohol
Advisor: Ms. Ibtisam Khalaf
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Vito A. Canuso, IV, Grade 10
Fertilizer's Effect on Scenedesmus Growth
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Sarah S. Chang, Grade 11
Mindless Mold: Physarum polycephalum Intelligence
Advisor: Mrs. Beth Dixon
School: Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, Placer County
S1505 — First Place
Eric S. Chen, Grade 12
Towards a Combination Antiviral Therapy for Flu: An Interdisciplinary Drug Discovery Effort
Advisor: Dr. Gen-Sheng Feng
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S1506 — Second Place
Sara D'Souza, Grade 12
Analysis of Inter-Kingdom Microbial Interactions Captured by Imaging Mass Spectrometry
Advisor: Dr. Laura Sanchez
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Jasmeet S. Dhaliwal, Grade 11
Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of Staphylococci from the Human Skin
Advisor: Dr. Antje Lauer
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Avika S. Dhillon, Grade 10
Matthew Gayed, Grade 10
Cell Phone Radiation and Its Effects on Bacteria
Advisor: Mr. Rolland Fezzey
School: North (John Wesley) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
S1509 — Honorable Mention
Joshua E. Eyre, Grade 11
Bactericidal Effects of Photosensitizers and Low-Power Lasers on E. coli
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S1510 — Fourth Place
Elan E. Filler, Grade 10
Transcription Factors that Regulate Antimicrobial Resistance in Candida glabrata
Advisor: Ms. Michaele Scheerle
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
Joyce Z. Huang, Grade 9
Neymika Jain, Grade 9
The Effect of Chemosensitization on the Efficacy of Antifungal Agents
Advisor: Dr. Gary Blickenstaff
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S1512 — Third Place
Gokul V. Kalyanasundaram, Grade 9
E. diabli: A Synthetic Biological Approach for Tackling Type 2 Diabetes
Advisor: Dr. Aru Hill
School: Homestead High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Janie Kim, Grade 9
A Study of Contact Lens Solution Preservatives as a Potential Treatment for MRSA and Pseudomonas Infections
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Mary Y. Liu, Grade 10
Potential of Nitric Oxide to Control Escherichia coli Bacteria
Advisor: Dr. Yongbiao Liu
School: Salinas High School, Salinas, Monterey County
Michelle H. Park, Grade 11
Phytohormone Indoleacetic Acid: A Natural Cure for Fungal Infections of the Human Scalp?
Advisor: Ms. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Akshar G. Patel, Grade 10
Libraries: Keepers of Knowledge or Convents of Bacteria?
Advisor: Mrs. Chirichan Tasanont
School: Chino Hills High School, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County
Tiffany Sae Sato, Grade 10
Can Asparagus Decrease the Growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae?
Advisor: Ms. Raudhah Rahman
School: Marlborough School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Layla G. Stefanacci, Grade 9
The Synergistic Effects of Antibiotics and Essential Oils
Advisor: Mrs. Brenda Royce
School: University High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Avantika Vivek, Grade 10
The Effects of Neem Leaf, Calendula Petal, Burdock Root, and Turmeric Extracts on the Prevention of Hand Bacteria Growth
Advisor: Mr. Michael Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County

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