Undergraduate Research Program

URL Profiles

2019-2020

Elizabeth Abel

Elizabeth Abel Smiling

Major: Psychology, Classical Studies
Minor: Latin
Mentor: Kristina Olson, Psychology

Contact: abele2@uw.edu

Current research project: Essentialism in Multiracial and Transgender Children

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Valeria Aizen

Major: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Mentor:Daniel Promislow, Pathology; David Tank, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, University of Idaho

Contact: valera3@uw.edu

Current research project: Promislow Lab- ND2 Project

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Samia Ali

Samia Ali smiling in front of flowers

Major: Physiology
Minor: Bioethics & Humanities
Mentor: Rechele Brooks, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Contact: alis24@uw.edu

Current research project: Cognitive Behavior of Infants at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences

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Yifei Bai

Major: Physics: Comprehensive Physics, Mathematics
Mentor:  Jens Gundlach, Physics; Charles Hagedorn, Physics

Contact: yb23@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigation of the Effect of Temperature Gradient on the Measurement of Equivalence Principle Violation by Constructing a Thermal Monitoring System

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Jerry Cao

Jerry Cao SmilingMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Shwetak Patel, Computer Science; Jennifer Mankoff, Computer Science

Contact: jcao22@uw.edu

Current research project: Developing a Non-Invasive Continuously Blood Pressure Monitor using Pulse Transit Time

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Savanna Carmack

Major: Biochemistry
Minor:Biomedical Ethics
Mentor: Jim Olson, Pediatrics; Shelli Morris, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact: savannac@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigation of Metabolic Inhibitors for MYC-amplified Pediatric Brain Cancer

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Casey Chen

Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Matthew Bush, Chemistry

Contact: chenxcas@uw.edu

Current research project: Uncovering Substrates of Yeast E3 Ligase Using an Integrative Mass Spectrometry Strategy

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Yong-Han Hank Cheng

Hank Chen Working in a LabMajor: Physics: Biology
Minor: Applied Math
Mentor: Dan Doherty, Pediatrics

Contact: yhhc@uw.edu

Current research project: Using Next-Generation Sequencing to Determine the Phenotypic Spectrum of Joubert Syndrome

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Angela Christman

Angela ChristmanMajor: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Mentor: Dan Doherty, Pediatrics

Contact: chrisang@uw.edu

Current research project: Identifying over and underrepresented ciliary proteins in loss-of-function mutations associated with Joubert Syndrome

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Michael Chungyoun

Major: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Minor: Neural Computation and Engineering
Mentor: Dan Chris Hague, Pharmacology

Contact: mfc12@uw.edu

Current research project: Understanding the Functional Characteristics of the Adrenergic Receptor Known as Alpha-1D, and How its Half-life Degradation Rate Changes When the Receptor’s Composition is Modified

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Antonio Cortez

Antonio smiling in LabMajor: Pre-major (intended Biology)
Mentor: Department of Otolaryngology

Contact: tonypony@uw.edu

Current research project: Examing the Vestibular Synapses in Adult Mice

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Rose Fields

MRose Fields smiling in front of buildingajor: Biochemistry
Mentor:Dr. Neil King, Biochemistry; Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Bioengineering

Contact: rfields2@uw.edu

Current research project:Development of a Protein Cage-Based Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

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Rodrigo Gallardo

Rodrigo Gallardo sitting at a fountainMajor: Intended Major: Biology
Mentor: Kraig Abrams, Beverly Torok-Storb, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact: rodrig5@uw.edu

Current research project: Effects of Irradiation on NK, NKT and T-cells in NK Expansion Cultures

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Kim Ha

Kim Thi Ha smiling in front of plantsMajor: Intended Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Mentors: Callin Switzer, Department of Biology

Contact:kimtha@uw.edu

Current research project: Buzz-pollination in Bumblebees

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David P Hales

David Hales SmilingMajor: Chemistry and Physics
Mentor: Prof. Alexandra Velian, Chemistry

Contact: dhales@uw.edu

Current research project: CO2 Reduction Catalysis with Rhenium Functionalized Black Phosphorus

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Joy He

Joy He Smiling on MountainsMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Computer Science and Engineering

Contact: joyhe@uw.edu

Current research project: Predicting Psychotic Symptom Severity from Daily Routines

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Usman Khan

Usman Khan sitting on bench in a suitMajor:Electrical Engineering
Mentor:Josh Smith, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Contact:usmank13@uw.edu

Current research project:3D Mapping Wireless Power for Neural Implants

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Gargi Kher

Gargi Kher in front of waterMajor: Biochemistry
Minor: Applied Mathematics
Mentor: Neil King, Biochemistry; Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Biochemistry

Contact: gmk6@uw.edu

Current research project:Optimizing in vitro Assembly of a Self-Assembling Protein Cage for Vaccine Design

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Min Su Kim

Min Su Kim smiling in front of rosesMajors: Law, Societies, and Justice; Sociology; Accounting
Mentor: Jackson School of International Studies

Contact: minsukim@uw.edu

Current research project: Human Rights and Forensic Anthropology in Latin America

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Alexandra Koriath

Alexandra Koriath Smilng in front of riverMajors: Bioengineering
Mentor: Jennifer Nemhauser, UW Department of Biology

Contact: akoriath@uw.edu

Current research project: The “Super AFB”: Creating an F-box With Super Auxin-Responsive Degradation

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Michaela Leung

Michaela Leung smilingMajor: Earth and Space Sciences
Mentor: Victoria Meadows, Astronomy

Contact: mwjl@uw.edu

Current research project: Atmospheric Evolution of Circumbinary Planets

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Deja Machen

Major: Biology (Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental)
Minor: English
Mentor: Daniel Promislow, Pathology

Contact: dejamm@uw.edu

Current Research Project:  Evolutionary Genetics/Amyloid Beta Project

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Jon Mah

Jon Mah SmilingMajor: Applied & Computational Mathematical Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology
Mentors: Jesse Bloom (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), Sarah Hilton (Genome Sciences)

Contact: jonmah@uw.edu

Current research project:Identifying Sites Under Positive Selection on Viral Proteins

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Takunda Masike

Major: Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Matthew Bruce, Applied Physics Lab

Contact: ttmasike@uw.edu

Current research project: Ultrasound Imaging of Rat Spinal Cord Injury

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Christa Mattocks

Christa Mattocks smilingMajor: Microbiology
Minor: Global Health
Mentors: Alexis Kaushansky, Seattle Children’s Global Infectious Disease

Contact: christam@uw.edu

Current Research Project: Investigating the role of lipid peroxidation and ROS production in liver-stage Plasmodium infection

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Taylor Moreno

Taylor Moreno Smiling in front of a buildingMajor: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental); Biochemistry
Mentor: Shao-En Ong, Pharmacology

Contact: : tmoreno@uw.edu

Current research project: Validating Kinome Features that Regulate Drug Response in Cancer

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Sacha Moufarrej

Major: Neurobiology
Mentor: Tonya Palermo, Anesthesiology

Contact: moufasa@uw.edu

Current Research Project: The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in Young Adults: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review

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Amanda An Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen in front of wired cagesMajor: Physics:Bioengineering
Mentors: Andre Berndt, Department of Bioengineering

Contact: aan5@uw.edu

Current research projects: Optogenetic Modeling of Chloride-Mediated Neurotransmission

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Bryan Ortega

Bryan Ortega smiling during poster presentationMajor: Mathematics; Pre-Major (Biology)
Mentor: Blair Zhao, Oral Health Sciences

Contact: bortegae@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigating Computer-Designed Protein Scaffolds to Regulate the Translocation of FOXO1 to Promote Angiogenesis

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Haley Pang

Haley Pang with coffeeMajor: Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Mentor: Takuma Uo, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Contact: hjpang@uw.edu

Current research project: Understanding Molecular Logics Behind Adaptive Resistance of Prostate Cancer Cells to Androgen-targeted Therapies

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Sarah Pemberton

Sara Pemberton Smiling in front of stairsMajor:Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Mentor: Elizabeth Rhea, Medicine

Contact: pembes@uw.edu

Current research project: Role of Platelet Serotonin in Metabolic Syndrome

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Johnathan Perr

Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Joshua Vaughan, Chemistry

Contact: perrj@uw.edu

Current research projects: 1.) Super-Resolution Microscopy/Improved Nanoscale Imaging Achieved by Index Matching with Expansion Microscopy 2.) Super-Resolution Microscopy and Neurobiology/Microtubule acetylation is required for mechanosensation in Drosophila 3.) Peptide Mapping/Optimizing Peptide Mapping of PEG-FGF21 for Analysis Methionine Oxidation

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Deepthi Sathyanarayana

Deepthi Sathyanarayana smiling in front of bricksMajor: Pre-Sciences
Mentor: Dr.Daniel Dürschmied – Department of Cardiology

Contact: deepts@uw.edu

Current research projects: Role of Platelet Serotonin in Metabolic Syndrome

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Nadia Siddiqui

Major: Bioengineering
Mentor: Jennifer Davis, Cardiovascular Bioengineering

Contact: nadiasid@uw.edu
Current research project: Using Genetic Engineering Approaches to Inform Cardiac Wound Healing and the Fibrotic Response

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Irika Sinha

Irika Sinha in a libraryMajor: B.S. Biochemistry (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental), B.S. Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Andy McGuire

Contact: irika@uw.edu

Current research project: Engineered CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Approach for Epstein-Barr Virus-related Cancers

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Katherine Slack

Katherine Slack smiling

Major: Psychology (intended)
Minor: Spanish
Mentor: Tonya Palermo, Psychology PhD; Alina Metje, MD

Contact: kslack12@uw.edu

Current research project: Seattle Children’s Hospital Research, & New Mom’s Connect

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Katie Spink

Katie Spink smilingMajor: Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Lynn Fainsilber Katz

Contact: ktspink@uw.edu

Current research project: Emotions, Marital Adjustment, and Pediatric Cancer

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Kayla van Kooten

Kayla van Kooten in front of oceanMajor: International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
Minor: European Studies
Mentor: Kathie Friedman, International Studies

Contact: krvk@uw.edu

Current research project: In meiner Dunya gibt es keinen Platz für Marine Le Pen/In my world there is no place for Marine Le Pen: European Hip-Hop as a Response to Multiculturalism

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Abby von Hagel

Major: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental) ; Neurobiology
Mentor: Tom Daniel, Biology

Contact: aavh9@uw.edu

Current research project: Measuring Timing and Activation of Flight Muscles in Manduca sexta through Electromyography (EMG) and High-Speed Infrared Video

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Katherine Wadhwani

Katherine Wadhwani smling on stairsMajor: Psychology and Neurobiology
Minor: Spanish
Mentor: Marcella Cline, Pharmacology

Contact: kwad@uw.edu

Current research project: *unsure of the official title – “Modulation of Dopamine Circuitry in the Ventral Tegmental Area” should work*

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Jackson Wezeman

Jackson Wezeman looking away from cameraMajor: Biochemistry (BS)
Minor: Global Health
Mentor: Kavita Sharma, Comparative Medicine

Contact: wezemj@uw.edu

Current research project: SLAM

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Robert George Williams

Robert George Williams SmilingMajor: Neuroscience
Minor: Bioethics
Mentor: Dr. Chris Hague, Department of Pharmacology; Dr. Pierre Mourad, Department of Neurosurgery

Contact: rgw7@uw.edu

Current research projects:  Gamma frequency induction by transcranial near-diagnostic ultrasound activates microglia and attenuates Aβ load

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Jion Yi

Major: International Studies; Informatics
Mentor: Walter Andrews, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Contact: jiony432@uw.edu

Current research project:The Newbook Digital Texts

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