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Senior Theses from 2024

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Analyzing Lipid Composition in Latent Fingerprints Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for Forensic Applications, Devonny Banks

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Sex Differences in the Effects of Cortisol on Muscle Characteristics: A Meta-Analysis, Natalie Bitetti

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Mental Imagery Contributes to Loss Aversion by Amplifying Negative Emotions, Daniel Kroshchuk

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Semaglutide Effect on Working Memory, Tommy Lu

Senior Theses from 2023

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The Impact of Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) Taxes on Consumption and Health Outcomes in Latinx Youth Residing in Los Angeles County, Jacquelyn Campos-Araujo

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Puberty Blockers, Margo Collazo

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Treatment of Anxiety by Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation: A Retrospective Chart Review, Rhea Gandhi

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Preparing for Uncertain Water Futures: An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts on Southern Sierra Nevada Snowpack, Infrastructure Vulnerability, and Implications for San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Management, Kyle Greenspan, Branwen Williams, and Heather Williams

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Exploring Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Informal Urban Settlements “Favelas” of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Maria Guizler Bonilla

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The Role of Porn Literacy in Comprehensive Sex Education to Reduce Endorsements of Gendered Sexual Violence and Support Healthy Adolescent Development, Kiana Harnish

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Utilizing AMR Surveillance Data to Analyze Trends in Escherichia coli Antibiotic Resistance Levels in the South African Provinces of Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, Celia Maris

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Geographic and Environmental Patterns in Infection by Oyster Macroparasites Along the Georgia Coast, Sofia Markiewicz

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Cultivating Carrots, Community, and Health-Conscious Children: Investigating the Effects of Community Garden Implementation on Nutrition Attitudes of Elementary Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Hannah Michele Tiedemann

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Heavy is the Head of Children with Ghosts: The Intergenerational Effects of Discrimination on Child Behavior, Phil Tran

Senior Theses from 2022

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Does Seclusion Alter Amygdala Activity and Amygdala-Medial Prefrontal Cortex Connectivity Leading to Emotional Dysregulation in Children? A Case for Ending Seclusion and Restraint In Public Schools, Crystal Anyanwu

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Horticultural Therapy Program for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: A Mixed-Method Evaluation, Emily Maia Bisaga

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The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Bay Area’s Homeless Population, Natasha Brown

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Analyzing Abnormal Call Option Returns Around Mergers and Acquisitions Announcements Using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model, Drew Child

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Cortisol and COVID-19 Depression: Investigating the Moderating Role of C-Reactive Protein, Natalie Clark

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A Proposed Method to Verify Physician Visual Estimation of Intraoperative Corneal Edema From Refractive Measurement Images During Cataract Surgery, Karalee Corley

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Premenopausal Hormone-associated Dietary Patterns and Breast Cancer Risk, Sable Fest

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Diving into the Depths of Consciousness and the Ocean, Eva Polanco Gruszynski

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Mapping the Milk: Integrating Donor Human Milk into Infant Nutrition Systems, Delaney Hartmann

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The Effects of Psychological Stress on Gut Microbial Populations in Immigrants: How U.S. Policy & Structure Manifest in Immigrant Health, Sabrina Lieu

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A Serological Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Obstetric Population, Sophia Rose

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Theoretical Pathways to Genetic Parenthood for Queer Couples with Same-Sex Gametes, Raven Twilling

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An Agent-Centered Approach to COVID-19 Vaccinations, Nila Venkat

Senior Theses from 2021

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“Can’t Get That Song Out of My Head”: Neural Correlates of Involuntary Musical Imagery for Pop Music, Anisha Advani

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Postpartum Depression Rates in Latine Birthing Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Closer Look at Cultural Protective Factors and Acculturation, Perla Barajas

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Understanding the Epigenetic Role of 8-oxoguanine and OGG1 in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Kyrellos Ibrahim

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Heat Stress During Larval Stages on Coral Survivorship for M. Capitata, Sarah Woo

Senior Theses from 2020

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation and the Link to Alzheimer’s Disease in Night Shift Workers, Aracelia Aldrete

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Surfacing Contexts of Violence in Novel Forms of the Reproductive Justice Framework Through Lessons from Latin America: A Study of Brutality, Migration and Bodily Autonomy and Progressive Solutions for Use in Public Health, Angelica M. Campos

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Childhood Obesity in California: The Impact of School Lunch Options and Physical Education Standards in Public Elementary Schools, Audrey Connell

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Investigating the Role of Centromeric Repeats in Female Meiotic Drive, Jocelyn Crawford

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The Path to Pregnancy: Fertility Services and Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Olivia H. Gilbert

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An Exploration of 5G Wireless Network Attenuation Using Finite Element Analysis in COMSOL Multiphysics, Matthew Johnson

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Thermostabilization of substrate-specific firefly luciferase mutants, Whitney Lieberman

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Characterizing Changes in the Colonic Epithelium of Lrig3 Null Mice, Natalie Pedicino

Vaccine Hesitancy: California Senate Bill 276, Sarah Wilson

Senior Theses from 2019

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Evolutionary Patterns of small RNA Pathway Genes in Hymenopteran Insects, Lauren Au

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The Feasibility of Whole-Blood-System Genotyping: A Case Study using the San Diego Blood Bank, Connor Bloom

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A Composite Review of the Proposed Molecular Mechanisms and Genetic Components Underlying Parkinson’s Disease, Paige Brodrick

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Truth or Consequence?: Navigating Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health Resources for Sexual Minority Women, Isabel Chavez

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Developing a Recombinant Plant Virus Nanoparticle Vaccine for Rift Valley Fever Virus, Elizabeth M. Chun

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Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States, Jassmin Del Rio

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Preventable Illness: the Costs of Catheter-associated UTI in Modern Healthcare, Haley Gibbs

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Negotiating the Credibility of Chronic Lyme Disease: Patient Participation in Biomedical Knowledge-Creation, Jodie Horowitz

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Cooperative Success Under Shared Cognitive States and Valuations, Shannon Marie Klotz

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A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Uranium Concentrations at the Abandoned New Hope Method Mine in the Mojave Desert, Jahnavi Kocha

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Anthracroronene in Astrophysical Water-Ice Analogs, Julie Korsmeyer

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The EGS Collab Hydrofracture Experiment: Seismic Velocity and Elastic Moduli Characterization, Dorothy Linneman

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Carbo-Loaded: Sexual Dimorphism in Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism in Male and Female Endurance Athletes, Rebecca Li

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Reproducing Injustice: The Unusual Case for Latinx Birthing Parent Mortality and Its Sociological Factors: Literature Review, Julia Martinez

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Identification of Antibiotic GE37468A from Pseudonocardia Symbionts of Trachymyrmex Septentrionalis Ants, Krithika Rao

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Towards a More Equitable Future: A Single-Dose HPV Vaccine to Reduce the Global Burden of Cervical Cancer, Annabella Ribeiro de Oliveira

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The Rise of Mass Incarceration: Black Oppression as a Means of Public “Safety”, Maleny Santiago

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Metabolic Changes in Pulmonary Arterial Smooth Muscle Cells Exposed to Increased Mechanical Forces from an Ovine Model of Congenital Heart Disease with Increased Pulmonary Blood Flow, Elena Seifert

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The Use of High-Throughput Virtual Screening Software in the Proposal of A Novel Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects, Caitlin D. Suh

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Evidence-based Probiotic Intervention for Behavioral and Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Allisen To

Senior Theses from 2018

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A Link Between Gut Microbes & Depression: Microbial Activation of the Human Kynurenine Pathway, Christina Cobb

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Production of a Cost-Effective, TMV-Based Rabies Vaccine through Recombinant DNA Technology, Briana Halle

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Do the Lifetime Prevalence and Prognosis of Schizophrenia Differ Among World Regions?, Cheryl Lynn Smith

Senior Theses from 2017

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The Role of the Dosage Compensation Complex as a Pathway for Spiroplasma to Induce Male Lethality in Drosophila melanogaster, Becky Cheng

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The Future of Marine Travel: The Fully-Electric, High-Performance Motor Boat, Riley P. Hall

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Prevention of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer by Combined Oral Contraceptives: A Demographics Study, Joanna S. Heywood

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Manipulating Lipid Spreading Domain Formation with Compositional Gradients and Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Chen-min Hung

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Exploring the physicochemical properties of Gram-negative bacteria and how they affect cell membrane permeability and antibiotic uptake, Kristen Munoz

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Maximum Mass Restraint of Neutron Stars: Quarks, Pion, Kaons, and Hyperons, Garrett Ryan

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Tryptamine Analogs with Antibiotic Potential Through Their Inhibition of Tryptophan Synthase, Jared Schattenkerk

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Matrix Model Analysis of a Coastal Northern California Subpopulation of the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus), Jaclyn Grace Stewart

Senior Theses from 2016

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Analyzing Option B+ Model For Preventing Mother To Child Transmission of HIV in Resource Limited Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Ach

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Using Linear Mixed Models to Analyze Native and Non-Native Species Abundances in Coastal Sage Scrub, kaylee anderson

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Intersections of Vulnerabilities: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Health, and the Immigrant Woman's Experience, Hannah E. Atlas

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Analyzing the Safety and Efficacy of Fecal Microbiota Transplantations for Inflammatory Bowel Disease using Clostridium difficile Infection as a Reference, Cassie Chan

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Evaluation of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for Individuals with Aphasia., Michelle Lam

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Cognitive Contributions to Academic Procrastination: Investigating Individual Differences of Personality and Delayed Discounting of Rewards, Alyssa J C Lew

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Using Cleaved Amplified Polymorphic Sequence (CAPS) Genetic Markers to Determine the Extent of Hybridization between Castilleja affinis and Castilleja mollis as a Mechanism for Adapting to Climate Change on Santa Rosa Island, Elizabeth Medford

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Antibiotic Efficacy and Interaction in Escherichia coli during Varying Nutrient Conditions, Kristina K. Millar

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CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Restoration of Dystrophin Expression and Inhibition of Myostatin: A Novel Gene Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Apoorva Rangan

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Development of a Dengue Fever Vaccine from Recombinant DENV2 Protein and Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Tianna Sheih

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Are Coloring Books Really Just for Kids? Investigating Possible Effects of Specific Pattern Coloring on Conceptual, Physiological and Behavioral Aspects of Anxiety, Hannah Taylor

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HPLC and MS/MS Method for the Separation and Identification of Inositol Phosphates in C. Reinhardtii, Travis Y. Tu

Senior Theses from 2015

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'Makin' it Out': The Cost of Dropping out of High School on the Health Status of Afro-American Women in Urban Slums, Sesa E. Bakenra-Tikande

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Investigating the Influence of CHD1 on Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster Using Position Effect Variegation, Phuongngan Thi Bui

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Simulation Modeling of a Tropical Cave Ecosystem, Hannah B. Cotter

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Role of Alpha Oscillations in Reweighting Multiple Attributes During Choice, Samuel I. Dunham

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Progressive Drug Policies and the Impacts of Supply-Side Control, Michael C. Elhardt

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The Relationship Between Vagal Tone, A Marker of Parasympathetic Activity, and Pro-Social Behavior, Emily A. Goodlin

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Addressing Socio-Structural Barriers to the Application of Nutrition by Primary Care Providers in the United States and Switzerland, Sarah Han

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Exploration of Materials Used in 3-Dimensional Printing for the Dental Industry, Holly Chang Hayden

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African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Conservation in Tanzania, Zoe M. Jacobs

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Individual Differences in Dissociation and EEG Responses to Emotional Pictures, Shruti Kannan

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Investigating the Influence of CHD1 on Newly Deposited Histones in Drosophila Melanogaster, Catherine S. Kim

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Variables in VBAC Success: A Retrospective Review of Trial of Labor After Cesarean (TOLAC) and Labor Support, Jenna A. Koblentz

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Implications of Heavy Metal Pollution on Wildlife in the Rio Parrita Watershed, Costa Rica, Martha M. Kresz Bierut

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An Analysis of Heavy Metals in Sediment and Water of Southwestern Costa Rican Watersheds Using ICP-MS, Moriah I. Lerner

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Time Frequency Analysis of Neural Oscillations in Multi-Attribute Decision-Making, Iris Lieuw

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Inorganic Heavy Metals as Environmental Pollution Indicators in Rio Baru, Costa Rica, Lia Kimiko Metzger

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Developing a Gene Editing System to Study Haplodiploidy in the Jewel Wasp, Nasonia Vitripennis, Emily A. Muller