CSEF Project Listings: 2019
Microbiology (General)

Senior Division

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S1501 — Fourth Place
Catherine P. Aitken, Grade 11 portrait
Effects of Glycerol Solution on Freeze Tolerance and Photosynthetic Efficiency of Cyanobacteria for Use in Terraforming
Advisor: Ms. Kristina Koster
School: San Ramon Valley High School, Danville, Contra Costa County
Christopher S. Anderson, Grade 12 portrait
Katelyn A. Lozier, Grade 12 portrait
Celeste R. Robinson, Grade 12 portrait
What the Fungus Is Killing the Sea Stars?
Advisor: Ms. Stephanie Beck
School: San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, Santa Cruz County
June T. Bernstein, Grade 10 portrait
Samarth E. Kadaba, Grade 10 portrait
Vincent S. Leong, Grade 12 portrait
The Effects of a Neurotoxin on the Gut Microbiome of Eisenia feita
Advisor: Ms. Baoqing Zhou
School: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County, San Francisco University High School, San Francisco, San Francisco County, Westlake High School, Westlake Village, Ventura County
Curtis C. Chen, Grade 10 portrait
Exploring Plant Natural Products for Novel Antimicrobial Activities
Advisor: Mrs. Michele Hampton
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Phoebe S. Durant, Grade 12 portrait
Sensitivity of Gram (+) and Gram (-) Bacteria to Essential Oils Based on the Sensitivity Disc Diffusion Method
Advisor: Mrs. Greta Turney
School: Six Rivers Charter High School, Arcata, Humboldt County
S1506 — First Place
Daniel Feng, Grade 10 portrait
Discovering Antibacterial Molecules in a Previously Uninvestigated Native American Medicinal Herb
Advisor: Ms. Lynette Burnside
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
S1507 — Third Place
Chen E. Filler, Grade 11 portrait
The Role of Tetraspanins in the Uptake of Candida albicans by Host Cells: Year 2
Advisor: Dr. Hong Liu
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
S1508 — Second Place
Shreya Garg, Grade 11 portrait
Determining the Roles of CuSB, Flagellin, and AcrAB-TolC in Bacterial Responses to Nonlethal Nanosilver Concentrations
Advisor: Dr. Christine Koltermann
School: Notre Dame High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Saira S. Gupta, Grade 9 portrait
A Preliminary Assessment of Surgical Site Infection Prophylaxis with Topical Micronutrients
Advisor: Dr. Gail Hill
School: Notre Dame High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Kelly A. Harvell, Grade 11 portrait
Effects of Ocean Acidification on Chaetoceros gracilis in the Monterey Bay
Advisor: Mr. Jason Nicholson
School: Monterey High School, Monterey, Monterey County
Dolores N. Hernandez, Grade 11 portrait
Natalie Montes, Grade 11 portrait
The Highlight of UV and Makeup
Advisor: Ms. Guadalupe Valero
School: Rialto High School, Rialto, San Bernardino County
Jibiana Z. Jakpor, Grade 9 portrait
Comparison of Gene Expression in Pancreatic Cancer with and without Perineural Invasion
Advisor: Mrs. Julie Sullivan
School: Woodcrest Christian School, Riverside, Riverside County
S1513 — Honorable Mention
Vivek V. Kamarshi, Grade 12 portrait
Cellular Pathways for Increasing Fusion and Decreasing Replication of Varicella Zoster Virus
Advisor: Ms. Renee Fallon
School: Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Emily K. Kang, Grade 10 portrait
Turning Over a New Phage: A Novel Approach to Phage Therapy
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S1515 — Honorable Mention
Raymond Kuan, Grade 11 portrait
Derek Tan, Grade 11 portrait
Effectiveness of Phycocyanin, Isolated from Spirulina platensis, on the Inhibition of Neoblast Tumor Growth
Advisor: Mr. Scott Vander Veen
School: Valley Christian High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Jillian M. Labador, Grade 11 portrait
Engineering Pseudomonas putida KT2440 for Biodegradation of Ethylene Glycol
Advisor: Dr. Kim Lawe
School: Roosevelt (Eleanor) High School, Eastvale, Riverside County
Lana C. Lim, Grade 10 portrait
Wenxuan Tang, Grade 10 portrait
Methylglyoxal, Antibacterial Agent in Manuka Honey, and Its Efficacy in Treating S. aureus Related Nosocomial Infections
Advisor: Dr. Rachell Auld
School: Roosevelt (Eleanor) High School, Eastvale, Riverside County
Abbie K. Maemoto, Grade 10 portrait
Nutrient Removal Efficiency of Nitrates and Phosphates by N. oculata through Increased Infusion of Carbon Dioxide
Advisor: Mrs. Julie Munoz
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
Eric Markarian, Grade 9 portrait
Targeting Enterococcus faecalis with Phage Therapy
Advisor: Ms. Orenda Tuason
School: Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, Los Angeles County
Helen Nguyen, Grade 12 portrait
Ezequiel Ponce, Grade 12 portrait
Sophia Tran, Grade 12 portrait
Targeting Susceptibility to Mutations in the Cell Cycle: Disruption of the Ade2 Gene in Yeast Using CRISPR/CAS9
Advisor: Mr. Patrick Allamandola
School: Hill (Andrew Putnam) High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Hill (Andrew) High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Elaine J. Noh, Grade 10 portrait
Amy S. Shimizu, Grade 10 portrait
The Effect of Public Restroom Stall Location on the Bacterial Growth on Toilet Seats in Each Stall
Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Blackie
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Jayna T. Patel, Grade 10 portrait
The Effect of Using Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer vs. Alcohol Hand Wipes on the Percent of Bacterial Reduction from Hands
Advisor: Ms. Crystal Cooper
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
S1523 — Honorable Mention
Sasha L. Ronaghi, Grade 11 portrait
Using Machine Learning and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Analyze the Effects of Antibiotics on P. aeruginosa
Advisor: Ms. Tanya Lerch
School: Sage Hill High School, Newport Coast, Orange County
Phoenix T. Rumbaugh, Grade 11 portrait
Mitigating Effect of Yucca Root Powder on Microcystis aeruginosa
Advisor: Mrs. Anne Rumbaugh
School: Alternative Family Education, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
S1525 — Honorable Mention
Ashley C. Schletewitz, Grade 9 portrait
Evaluation of Equisetum hyemale Extract as an Alternative Chemical for the Control of Penicillium italicum on Citrus
Advisor: Dr. Themis Michailides
School: Sanger High School, Sanger, Fresno County
Elizabeth Y. Zhang, Grade 11 portrait
The Effect of Metal Ions on Lactobacillus acidophilus Growth and Beta-galactosidase Activity
Advisor: Ms. Melissa Klose
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County

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