CSSF Project Listings: 2013
Pharmacology/ Toxicology

Senior Division

Nikita Akkala, Grade 12
Drug Screening to Identify Novel Therapeutics against Glioblastoma Stem Cells: Year 2
Advisor: Ms. Wendy Slijk
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S1702 — Third Place
Easun P. Arunachalam, Grade 12
Examination of Quorum Sensing Mechanisms in Glioblastoma Multiforme
Advisor: Dr. Michael Barish
School: Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, Los Angeles County
Masih A. Babagoli, Grade 11
Structure-Activity Relationship Exploration of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Inhibitors
Advisor: Dr. Guillermo Moreno-Sanz
School: Beckman (Arnold O.) High School, Irvine, Orange County
Stephanie K. Bonilla-Sotelo, Grade 11
Lycopene in Watermelon: The Effects on the Daphnia's Heart Rate
Advisor: Mrs. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Andre L. Cornman, Grade 11
Rapamycin Treatment Decreases the Secretion of Senescent Murine Cells with Wild-Type and Inactive p53
Advisor: Dr. Marco Demaria
School: Redwood High School, Larkspur, Marin County
S1707 — Honorable Mention
Shrey S. Desai, Grade 9
Antibiotic Alternative to Radiation in the Sterile Insect Technique
Advisor: Ms. Judy Wan
School: Saratoga High School, Saratoga, Santa Clara County
S1708 — Honorable Mention
Ailis C. Dooner, Grade 10
Targeting Lung Mutagenesis: Mycosporine-like Amino Acids as ROS Scavengers for Reduction of p53 Mutation and Scission
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Field
School: Carmel High School, Carmel, Monterey County
Mirna H. El-khalily, Grade 9
Using Different Types of Herbal Infusions to Protect against Loss of Bone Mass Due to Caffeine
Advisor: Mrs. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Tanner M. Elder, Grade 11
Natural Pesticides
Advisor: Ms. Judy Fusco
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Eli Erlick, Grade 12
The Effects of Citalopram on Danio rerio
Advisor: Mr. Rick Hewett
School: Willits Charter School, Willits, Mendocino County
Kathryn R. Feerst, Grade 10
Emily S. Kim, Grade 10
Jessica L. Vived, Grade 10
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Decalcification of Calcium Carbonate Shells
Advisor: Mr. Jonathan Bowns
School: Clovis North High School, Fresno, Fresno County
S1713 — First Place
Jonathan F. Fung, Grade 9
Monosodium Glutamate: A Ligand for mGluRs One and Five Inducing Microtubule Depolymerization in Alzheimer's Disease?
Advisor: Ms. Renee Fallon
School: Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Durga Ganesh, Grade 9
Preserving the Lung for Transplant: Evaluation of Antioxidant Preservatives at Inhibiting Cell Damage from Free Radicals
Advisor: Mrs. Amanda Alonzo
School: Lynbrook High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Ellen Kae Horowitz, Grade 11
Testing Essential Oil Pesticides against Common Greenhouse Pests
Advisor: Dr. Jane Willoughby
School: San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Virginia F. Hsiao, Grade 9
Investigating the Effect of Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate
Advisor: Mrs. Katherine Ward
School: Aragon High School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
Nicolle A. Iacobacci, Grade 11
Swetha Janardhana Rajavel, Grade 12
The Effect of Cardiac Glycosides on the Heart Rate of Daphnia
Advisor: Dr. Nicole Odell
School: Presentation High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Yousef A. Joseph, Grade 10
Nicholas J. Mah, Grade 10
The Varying Concentrations of Glyphosate on the Annelid tubifex
Advisor: Mr. Wayne Garabedian
School: Clovis West High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Alexander Jow, Grade 12
Ethanol's Effect on Synaptic GABA-Mediated Paired-Pulse Inhibition: A Novel Mechanism behind Alcoholic Intoxication
Advisor: Mr. Tim Smay
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Alyah Kanemoto, Grade 9
The Effect of a Neurotoxin on Planarian Eye Receptor Regeneration
Advisor: Mr. Donald Ryan
School: Costa Mesa High School, Costa Mesa, Orange County
Akhil V. Kasibhatla, Grade 11
Effects of Tumor Microenvironment and Anticancer Agents on Colon Cancer
Advisor: Mr. Tim Smith
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Karley J.K. Lassley, Grade 11
Which Indigenous Plant Extract Will Inhibit Mosquito Larvae Development While Maintaining a Healthy Aquatic Ecosystem?
Advisor: Mr. Davin Aalto
School: Sanger High School, Sanger, Fresno County
Elyssa S. Lawrence, Grade 11
The Effect of Agricultural Chemicals on Daphnia magna
Advisor: Mrs. Nancy Owen
School: Harmony Magnet Academy, Strathmore, Tulare County
S1724 — Honorable Mention
Alexandra Maloof, Grade 12
Bifidobacteria as the Potential Biotherapeutics in Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
Advisor: Mr. Jorge Garcia
School: Central Union High School, El Centro, Imperial County
S1725 — Honorable Mention
Eyobed T. Mesfun, Grade 12
The Study of the Effects of Electromagnetic Fields at Various Frequencies upon Cancerous and Noncancerous Cells
Advisor: Mrs. Jeniffer Gerlach
School: Valley Christian High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Sophia R.R. Moore, Grade 9
Runaway Runoff: Effect of Ammonium Acetate on Phytoplankton in the Oakland Estuary
Advisor: Mr. Norman Moore
School: Anderson (Arthur) Community Learning Center, Alameda, Alameda County
Leane S. Nasrallah, Grade 11
Effects of Induced Diabetes on Development and MIOX Expression in Fruit Flies
Advisor: Mr. Peter Starodub
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
Xueting Nie, Grade 11
Expression and Functional Analysis of Human Mutated Relaxin-2
Advisor: Mr. Garrett Hageman
School: Acaciawood College Preparatory Academy, Anaheim, Orange County
Arantxa Ortiz, Grade 12
The Effects of Eugenol-based Natural Anesthetics on Nerve Conduction Velocity in Lumbricus terrestris
Advisor: Mr. Steve Rodecker
School: Chula Vista Senior High School, Chula Vista, San Diego County
Stephany M. Rubio, Grade 11
Does KaiO Make a K.O.?
Advisor: Mr. Riccardo Magni
School: Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County
S1731 — Second Place
Rohan A. Savoor, Grade 10
Investigating the Role of Extracellular Cinacalcet on the Proliferation of MIN6 Pancreatic Beta Cells in vitro
Advisor: Ms. Meghan Faerber
School: Monte Vista High School, Danville, Contra Costa County
S1732 — Fourth Place
Nikash D. Shankar, Grade 10
Potential Cure for Alzheimer's: A Novel Therapy Using Polymeric Nanoparticle-Encapsulated Curcumin to Inhibit Caspase
Advisor: Dr. Aru Hill
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Derek J. Wong, Grade 10
Phytotoxicity of Two Glyphosate Formulations to Vigna radiata: Non-target Pesticide Exposure, Year 2
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Maria R. Yerena, Grade 9
Effect of a Commonly Used "Organic" Fungicide on a Freshwater Plankton Community
Advisor: Mr. Donald Brown
School: Watsonville High School, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County
Amanda M. Shi, Grade 11
The Effect of Ammonium on Silver Nanoparticle and Silver Ion Induced Inhibition of Nitrosomonas europaea
Advisor: Dr. Tyler Radniecki
School: Westlake High School, Westlake Village, Ventura County
S1797 — Honorable Mention
Adam J. Protter, Grade 12
Effects of Triclosan on Sperm Motility, Fertilization, and Early Development of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Natasha Kohli, Grade 10
Kosha Patel, Grade 10
How Will the Regeneration Process of Planarians Be Affected by Exposure to Microwave and Ultraviolet Radiation?
Advisor: Ms. Sheila Nguyen
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County
Eugene Laksana, Grade 12
Contrast. Eff. of Comp. Plant Ext.& Commercial Neonicotinoid in Regulating W.F Inhab. of Verbena& Tomato Plants Yr. 2
Advisor: Dr. Deborah Mathews
School: Chino Hills High School, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County

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