2020-2021
Sasha Gill-Ljunghammer
2020-2021
Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Sarah Tolbert, PhD
Faculty Mentor Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Tuning Nanocrystal Size for an On-off Ferromagnet

Sasha is a third year transfer student from Schoolcraft Community College. While at Schoolcraft, she gained experience researching metal-organic frameworks at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Here she immediately fell in love with the challenging, yet rewarding, work that research demands. Now working in the Tolbert Lab at UCLA, Sasha’s research focuses on tuning superparamagnetic nanocrystals for use in multiferroic composite materials where magnetism can be fully switched on and off using an applied electric bias. Sasha has always had a deep appreciation for the sciences and strives to share this passion by pursuing a career in academia. She hopes to expand the boundaries of human knowledge and lead research that will contribute to the fight against climate change.

Hieu Nguyen
2020-2021
Major: Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Jorge Torres, PhD
Faculty Mentor Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Identifying Novel Compounds to Revert DNA-Damage Induced Senescence

Hieu Nguyen is a fourth-year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology student with a minor in Biomedical Research. Hieu is working in Dr. Torres’ lab, where his research focuses on identifying novel compounds that will guide senescent cells away from their current state in order to prevent the formation of tumorigenic environments. Outside of his laboratory work, Hieu also competes for UCLA’s archery team, works as a CPR instructor, and volunteers both for UCLA’s Mattel Childrens’ Hospital and at a student shelter. He intends to pursue a career in pediatric oncology which is rooted both in research and clinical practice.

2019-2020
Jasmine Esparza
2019-2020
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: William Lowry, Ph.D
Faculty Mentor Department: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Project: The Effects of Circadian Rhythm on Topically Manipulated GPCR/CREB Signaling in Hair Follicles

Jasmine Esparza is a fourth-year Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology student with a minor in Biomedical Research. Jasmine is working in Dr. William Lowry’s lab, where she studies the role of G-protein coupled receptor/cAMP response element-binding protein (GPCR/CREB) cellular signaling in hair follicle stem cell homeostasis and the hair cycle. Besides research, Jasmine is the Internal Affairs Chair for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter at UCLA, the Adult Education Director for Project Literacy and Logistics Committee Co-Chair for the Mobile Clinic Project. Jasmine is planning to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D.

Emi Nakahara
2019-2020
Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Faculty Mentor: Kent Hill, Ph.D
Faculty Mentor Department: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Project: Exploring Roles of Flagellar Proteins in Signaling of Trypanosoma brucei

Emi Nakahara is a fourth year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics student at UCLA. Emi is in the Kent Hill Lab, where she studies the eukaryotic protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei, and how it utilizes its flagellum to engage in sensing and signaling of its environment. Besides research, she is also a science and health reporter in the student newspaper Daily Bruin, as well as a writing tutor at UCLA’s undergraduate writing center.

2017-2018
Sara D’Souza
2017-2018
Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey H. Miller, PhD
Faculty Mentor Department:
Project: A Study of the Combination of Clinically Relevant Mutagens
Josephine Hai
2017-2018
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Faculty Mentor: Karen Lyons, PhD
Faculty Mentor Department:
Project: Roles of Ccn1 in Tendon Development and Maintenance