BUILD Students of the Week: November 16, 2018

Published November 17, 2018

Every Friday we'll highlight one BUILD Trainee from each of the Learning Communities -- 295, 395 and 495 -- so that you can get to know them better.

UNIV 295

Michelle Zernick

Michelle Zernick

Major: Psychology

Hails From: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Research Interests: Workplace Diversity, Benevolent Sexism, Stress, Sleep, and Cognitive Function, Mental Illnesses

Personal Interests: Photography, reading, art, cheerleading, music

Favorite Scientist: Cisco Ramon

Fun Fact: I have many many pets!

UNIV 395

Don Napasindayao

Don Napasindayao
Year One Scholar

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hails From: Pasig City, Philippines

Research Interests: My research interest lies in the design of devices in order to ease everyone's daily lives

Personal Interests: My biggest personal interest is socializing; from meeting new people in the most random places, to trying a new activity and exploring a new area with friends.

Favorite Scientist: Marie Curie

Fun Fact: I have never broken a bone

UNIV 495

Rudolph "Rudy" Cheong

Rudolph "Rudy" Cheong
Year Three Scholar

Major: Molecular Cell Biology & Physiology

Hails From: Bellflower, Calif.

Research Interests: My interest in research is centered around combating against disease and being able to facilitate novel drug treatments and therapeutics. My specific research interest at CSULB involves investigating the molecular mechanisms of innate immune responses to atherosclerosis (a chronic inflammatory disease). I am working on a project to determine the protective role of innate immune protein C1q in decelerating atherosclerosis by upregulating the macrophage production of oxysterol 25-hydroxycholesterol, a known activator of Liver X receptor (LXR)

Personal Interests: I enjoy trying new things and constantly challenging myself. Essentially, my passions include learning, free thinking and exploring the world around me.

Favorite Scientist: I am constantly inspired by my mentor, Dr. Fraser. I have seen her transform many of my colleagues into scientists. I hope to one day have the same effect on my own students or trainees.

Fun Fact: I collect basketball jerseys and constantly keep up with the sports world