CSEF Project Listings: 2019
Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Senior Division

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Sabreen Alam, Grade 9 portrait
Feel the Pressure: Effects of Mechanical Deformation on Collagen Direction and Proliferation
Advisor: Dr. Michelle Digman
School: Portola High School, Irvine, Orange County
Lakshman S. Athappan, Grade 9 portrait
Lowering the Risks of Stomach Cancer by Finding Methods to Decrease Nitrite Levels in Various Foods
Advisor: Dr. Rajeswari Lakshmanan
School: Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, Orange County
Thomas G. Cumbelich, Grade 10 portrait
Supermilk: A Plant-Based Milk Alternative
Advisor: Mrs. Victoria Acquistapace
School: De La Salle High School, Concord, Contra Costa County
S0504 — Third Place
Arushi Dogra, Grade 11 portrait
Effects of Novel Dual PI3K-BRD4 Inhibitor SF2523 on Mantle Cell Lymphoma Survivorship
Advisor: Mrs. Lisa Smedley
School: Del Norte High School, San Diego, San Diego County
Shirleen R. Fang, Grade 11 portrait
RT-qPCR Development of a New Therapeutic Avenue for Curing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Advisor: Ms. Shizuka Yamada
School: Aragon High School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
Carissa J. Freeman, Grade 12 portrait
An Investigation of Tooth Decay Caused by Various Sodas
Advisor: Mr. Riccardo Magni
School: Righetti (Ernest) High School, Santa Maira, Santa Barbara County
Jessie L. Gan, Grade 10 portrait
Using Bioinformatics Tools to Identify Epitopes in MMP-15: A Potential Lung Cancer Drug Target
Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Eisen
School: San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Yuqi Geng, Grade 11 portrait
Future of Central Nervous System Sedatives and Analgesics: Common ITS Sequence among Traditional Chinese Medicine
Advisor: Dr. Pamela Durkee
School: York School, Monterey, Monterey County
Tejus A.N. Gokal, Grade 9 portrait
Vitamin C Content and Acidity of Tangerines
Advisor: Mr. Eric Herzog
School: Clovis West High School, Fresno, Fresno County
S0510 — First Place
Alexander Guh-Siesel, Grade 11 portrait
A Method for Treating Celiac Disease: Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the HLA-DQ2 Receptor
Advisor: Mr. Darren Dressen
School: Los Altos High School, Los Altos, Santa Clara County
Charlotte He, Grade 10 portrait
Gli Activation Is a Key Mechanism of Resistance to EGFR-TKI in Lung Cancer
Advisor: Dr. Vivianne Ding
School: Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, San Mateo County
S0512 — Fourth Place
Maanasi R. Kademani, Grade 11 portrait
Anacardic Acid Analogs as Inhibitors of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 for the Prevention of Cancer Metastasis
Advisor: Mrs. Michele Hampton
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Shreya K. Kamra, Grade 12 portrait
Epigenetic Therapy for Liver Cancer: The Effect of 5-Azacytidine on the Expression of Tumor Suppressor Genes
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Sanders
School: Stevenson (Robert Louis) High School, Pebble Beach, Monterey County
Shreya Lakkaraju, Grade 9 portrait
Oxygen Saturation in Hemoglobin
Advisor: Mr. Ramana Rao
School: Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, Contra Costa County
Heather Y. Lee, Grade 11 portrait
Dilan Patel, Grade 11 portrait
Supporting the Notion that Nanopipette Injection Is an Accurate and Reliable Method for Multiplexed Genetic Editing
Advisor: Mr. James Maas-Baldwin, Mr. Jason Maas-Baldwin
School: Burlingame High School, Burlingame, Santa Cruz County, Carmel High School, Carmel by-the-Sea, Santa Cruz County
S0516 — Second Place
Andrea Z. Liu, Grade 12 portrait
The Role of CD114 (a G-CSF Receptor) in Medulloblastoma Cancer Stem Cells and Pathogenesis
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Michelle M. Nazareth, Grade 10 portrait
RNA Regulation: Identifying and Preventing AMP Depurination in Early Life RNA Polymerization
Advisor: Ms. Cristie Kirlin
School: Kirby (Georgiana Bruce) Preparatory High School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Laya S. Pullela, Grade 10 portrait
The Effect of Light Exposure on Chaperone Protein Alpha B Crystallin: Modeling Cataract Formation in the Lens
Advisor: Mr. Donald Buckley
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Avneet Sandhu, Grade 11 portrait
RNA Interference of Genes Involved in Coenzyme 4 and Its Effect on C. elegans
Advisor: Mr. Kyle Webster
School: Ridgeview High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Emma R. Schaefer-Whittall, Grade 12 portrait
Something's Fishy: Using DNA Barcoding to Identify Mislabeled Fish
Advisor: Mr. Eric Byrd
School: Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County
Gary J. Song, Grade 10 portrait
Single-Molecule Transcriptome: Wide Dynamics of Translation
Advisor: Dr. Sean O'Leary
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Taylor M. Sovich, Grade 10 portrait
Quantitative Analysis of Iron in Food
Advisor: Ms. Karen Sovich
School: Ventura High School, Ventura, Ventura County
S0523 — Honorable Mention
Asna Tabassum, Grade 11 portrait
In-Silico Analysis of Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Affinity to Polymorphic Angiotensin T1 Receptor to Customize Therapy
Advisor: Dr. Bradley Andresen
School: Ayala (Ruben S.) High School, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County
S0524 — Honorable Mention
Kaitlyn M. Wang, Grade 11 portrait
shRNA-Mediation of UGGT1 to Modulate Excessive Procollagen Secretion in Cardiac Fibrosis
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Katherine A. Wedekind, Grade 11 portrait
Generation of MPS IIIA Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Correction Using CRISPR Cas9
Advisor: Ms. Melissa Klose
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
Andre Y. Yeung, Grade 11 portrait
Induction of Endosymbiotic Gene Transfer from Chloroplast to Nuclear Genome in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Advisor: Dr. Robert Jinkerson
School: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County

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