URCAS 2017 Poster Presentation Listing

Poster Session

First Floor, Aggie Lounge
9:00am – 12:00 noon

 

 
Ali Alghareeb, Abdullah Alhamdan, Khaled Almeshwet, Abdulaziz Alajmi
Navajo Water – Solar oven
Major: Mechanical Engineer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Lara, Chemistry and Biochemistry
USDA NIFA HSI

 

 
Angelique Amado
X-ray Spectroscopic Studies of Cobalt Complexes for Applications in Energy
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Feifei Li, Chemistry and Biochemistry
HHMI, Discovery Scholars

 

 
Matthew Amato
Cloning solute binding proteins in Parcoccus denitrificans
Major: Biochemistry/Genetics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erik Yukl, Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC     

 

 
Dante Avalos
Mechanism of Zinc Transfer to Solute Binding Protein AztC from Chaperone AztD
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erik Yukl, Chemistry and Biochemistry
HHMI

 

 
Sofia Bali
Computational Analysis of Synthetic Molybdenum Complexes Modeling Molybdoenzymes
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Feifei Li, Cheistry and Biochemistry
 

 
Daniela Barraza
A B12 receptor serves a role in membrane stability of Caulobacter crescentus
Major: Biochemistry and Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paola Mera, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC

 

 
Michael Bennett
Characterization of Escherichia coli RecA Q300R mutant through RecA mediated DNA strand exchange
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shelley Lusetti, Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC

 

 
Nubia Bermudez
Ephrins and their receptors may impact placental development
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ryan Ashley, Animal and Range Sciences
HHMI

 

 
Kristy Burchell
Pause Duration and Suprasegmental Characteristics of Cochlear Implant Users Speech
Major: Communication Disorders
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heike Lehnert-Lehouillier, Special Education & Communication Disorders
Honors Thesis

 

 
Pascual Camacho
Sustainable Concrete Structures using Recycled Concrete Aggregate: Short-Term and Long-Term Behavior Considering Material Variability
Major: Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brad Weldon, Civil Engineering
AMP 

 
Brent Carrillo
Target Synthesis of LeptoA
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Maio, Chemistry
MARC

 

 
Samantha Ceballes
“Modeling of Carbon Nanotubes as Dynamical Systems and their Applications”
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abdessattar Abdekfefi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
AMP   

 

 
Melissa Chavez
Elucidating the Impact of Protein Phosphatases in the Replication Stress Response
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amanda Ashley, Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC     

 

 
Gabriel Clark
Overexpression of sucrose phosphate synthase, the key enzyme in sucrose synthesis, improves performance of alfalfa plants
Major: General Horticulture
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Champa Gopalan, Plant and Environmental Sciences
HHMI      

 

 
Jesus De La Cruz
Spray Drying of Glandless Cottonseed Meal Protein
Major: Nutrition and Dietetic Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Efren Delgado, Food Science and Technology
AMP

 

 
John DesGeorges
“Help me Google?: A complete failure to replicate a prominent Science article”
Major: Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Hout, Psychology
Discovery Scholars

 

 
Virginia Fuentes
Reve for Biological and Bio-Inspired Aquatic Systems
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
AMP

 

 
Stephanie Fullam
PERIPLASMIC ZINC TRANSFER REDUCTION BY SITE DIRECTED MUTAGENESIS
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erik Yukl, Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

 
Josi Gabaldon
MEDICATION STATUS AND GAIT MECHANICS IN OLDER ADULTS: A MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
Major: Kinesiology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Wood, kinesiology
BP-ENDURE (BRAiN)  

 

 
Clara Hansen Gregory,  M. Kohn, Timothy F. Wright
Social networks and call sharing in female Budgerigar flocks
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Mr. Timothy Wright, Biology
HHMI     

 

 
Alyssa Hendren
Biochar for Desalination Concentrate Management
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Brewer, Chemical and Materials Engineering
AMP   

 

 
Carlos Herrera, Naser Almerri, Saleh Almarri, Hamad al Qabandi, Nasher Alajmi
Navajo Water – Rotating Device
Major: Mechanical Engineer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Lara, Chemistry and Biochemistry
USDA NIFA HSI

 

 
Grace Hooks
Targeting ERBB3 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amanda Ashley, Chemistry and Biochemistry
HHMI      

 

 
Yesenia Ibarra
Ergonomic Analysis for Portable Urban Mobility Access (PUMA) Device
Major: Industrial Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delia Valles, Industrial Engineering
AMP 

 

 
Belkis Jacquez Jordan Colmant
Interprofessional collaboration between disciplines in a health care environment
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Advisor:  Mary Alice Scott, Department of Anthropology
BP-ENDURE (BRAiN)  

 

Sabrina Jamison, Yvette Salcedo
“2016 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report”
Major: Secondary Education-Life Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Karen Trujillo
STEM Outreach Alliance Research Lab

 
Jacqueline Kieltyka
IGF-1R expression influences tamoxifen sensitivity of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells
Major: Biochemistry, Biology, and Genetics and Biotechnology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Houston, Chemistry and Biochemistry
HHMI     

 

 
Sara Kusserow, Kelcie Gerry, Paige Ramsey
Residency As Bootcamp
Major: Anthropology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Alice Scott, Anthropology
Honors Thesis, BP-ENDURE (BRAiN)  

 

 
Travis LeDoux
Hydrothermal Liquefaction Optimization for High and Low-Lipid Algae
Major: ChME
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Dr. Catherine Brewer, ChME
AMP

 

 
Sicilee Macklin
Adsorption onto Pecan Shell Biochar for Removal of N-Nitrosodimethylamine from Water
Major: Chemical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Brewer, Chemical and Materials Engineering
AMP

 

 
Sara Manshad
The Auditory System Knowledge Space in Public Domain Internet Sources
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elba Serrano, Biology
Serrano Neurolab

 

 
Lizet Martinez
Temperature adaptation influences symbiont specificity in an experimentally evolved bobtail squid-luminous bacterium association
Major: Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michele Nish, Head of Department of Biology
AMP

 

 
Manuel Martinez
Preparation of Water Purification Membranes via Polymerization Induced Microphase Separation
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Reza Foudazi, Chemical and Materials Engineering
AMP

 

 
Matthew Mena
Contrasting mitochondrial metabolism with glycolysis in cancer cells with time-resolved flow cytometry
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jessica Houston, Chemical Engineering
MARC

 

 
Leslie Mosso
Screen to Save: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Major: Public Health
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Palacios, Public Health Sciences
NCI U54  CA132381

 

 
Addi Moya
Characterization of protein methyl transferases in Caulobacter crescentus
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paola Mera, Chemistry and Biochemistry
HHMI

 

 
Nhat Nguyen
Clay Dehydroxylation Analysis with TGA/DSC to Enhance Pellet Fabrication
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Lara, Chemistry and Biochemistry
FY 17 NM WRRI Student Water Research Grant

 

 
Franchesca Ortega
In silico Identification of Pentatricopeptide Repeats in Capsicum
Major: Genetics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Bosland, Plant and Environmental Sciences
HHMI     

 

 
Sealtiel Ortega-Rodriguez
Reference-Seeded Iterative Long-Reads Assembler
Major: Independent Studies
Faculty Advisor:  Donovan Bailey, Biology
MARC     

 

 
William Peck, Lindsey Skowlund, Abdulaziz Alazemi
Apache Point Observatory Scheduling Optimization
Major: Industrial Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hansuk Sohn, Industrial Engineering
Capstone: IE and ASTR Departments

 

 
Mikayla Pulliam, Amudhu Gopalan, Hollie Jacobs
A new approach to the synthesis of hydroxamic acids linked by sulfonamide bonds
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Amudhu Gopalan, Chemistry & Biochemistry
HHMI     

 

 
Anthony Quintana
Conceptual design and performance improvement of growing micro unmanned air vehicle
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Abdessattar Abdelkefi, Mechanical Engineering
AMP

 

 
Felicia Rodriguez
Synthesis of Molybdenum Complexes from Thiosemicarbazone Ligands
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Feifei Li, Chemistry
AMP

 

 
Jordan Salas
Effect of Confinement on the Acidity of Organic Acids
Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Johnson, Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC    

 

 
Sydney Salas
Implications of Microbial communication between the Sepiola squid and their bioluminescent symbionts: V.logei and V.fisheri
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michele Nishiguchi, Biology
HHMI      

 

 
Michelle Silber
Reflections on Multicultural Competencies While Volunteering Internationally for Children with Disabilities
Major: Communication Disorders/Linguistics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amelia Rau, Special Education & Communication Disorders
Honors Thesis     

 

 
Sierra Strebe
Functional characterization of a highly transcriptional regulated gene in Caulobacter crescentus
Major: Genetics & Biotechnology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paola Mera, Chemistry & Biochemistry
MARC    

 

 
Cassandra Suther
Isotherm of Ziziphus Jujuba
Major: Food Science & Technology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Efren Delgado, Food Science & Technology
Steinman Endowed Fellowship

 

 
Anneliese Trujillo
A Genetic Engineering Approach in Developing Resistance Against Phytophthora capsici in Chile Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Major: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Champa Sengupta-Gopalan, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
AMP

 

 
Christiane Tso
Characterizing the ERBB family members in triple negative breast cancer cell lines
Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Amanda Ashley, Chemistry and Biochemistry
MARC     

 

 
Krystal Vargas
In Search of “Nutri-Chemicals” in Yellow Capsicum species
Major: Horticulture
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ivette Guzman, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Plant and Environmental Sciences

 

 
Moticha Yellowman
Uranium Abatement Requires Robust Pellets – Fabrication Depends on Clay:Water Ratios
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Lara, Chemistry & Biochemistry
AMP