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Fellows Members

Steven Bolivar

Steven Bolivar

Mentor: Jesse Dillon, Ph.D.
Research Interests: I am isolating and identifying microorganisms collected from saline springs near the Salton Sea. By doing this, I hope to gain insight into the diversity of these little-studied, extreme environments.

Tiffany Chu

Tiffany Chu

Mentor: Eric Haas-Stapleton, Ph.D.
Major: Biology
Research Interests: I am constructing a recombinant of the baculovirus Anticarsia gemmatalis nucleopolyhedrovirus (AgMNPV). This will permit me to rapidly produce additional knock-out, knock-in, or point mutation stains of AgMNPV, taking a reverse genetics approach in studying AgMNPV pathogenesis.

Alma Madrigal

Mentor: Ashley Carter, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research emphasizes principles of quantitative genetics to analyze Evolution ideas. Currently, I am working with inbred and outbred populations of Drosophila melanogaster, comparing their fluctuating asymmetry (FA) by a computerized wing imaging software, and using this information to analyze the developmental stability of populations. Studies of Developmental Stability and FA are important in understanding the genetic factors in the long term survival of small, isolated populations, particularly endangered or threaten species.

Daniela Moreno

Daniela Moreno

Mentor: Eric Haas-Stapleton, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research focuses on an immune regulated antibacterial insect protein. I aim to identify if the protein acts as an antiviral. If the protein does display significant viricidal activity, it will be further investigated against other viruses, specifically arenaviruses.

Maria Ortiz

Mentor: Jesse Dillon, Ph.D.
Research Interests: My research involves the culture, isolation, and identification of marine bacteria. The abiotic factors of the Oregon coast and California rocky shore include differences in wind, temperature, climate variability, and geography of the region which may affect the abundance and survival of the marine heterotrophic bacteria that inhabit these waters. My project will study isolated cultures from seawater samples collected from Baja California and Northern Oregon. The isolated cultures from field samples are identified, recorded, and cataloged to establish the morphology of the bacteria which are then purified for DNA extraction and PCR sequencing.This project is important to me because it encompasses the fields of biotechnology, marine biology, and microbiology to attain a better understanding of the bacterial ecosystems that inhabit our beaches and coastlines

Manuel Robles

Manuel Robles

Mentor: Bryan Rourke, Ph.D.
Research Interests: "I'm interested in looking at different types of myosin heavy chain isoforms in mammals and reptiles as well as any causes of atrophy or hypertrophy."