News Release| CSU Biotechnology Symposium; Cal State L.A.

CSULA students, faculty to converge at biotechnology conference

Two CSULA bio majors named finalists for research awards

Los Angeles, CA -- Dedicated to developing biotechnology researchers in California, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) will bring together students and faculty from Cal State L.A. as well as 21 other CSU campuses at its 25th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium from Jan. 3 to 5 at the Anaheim Marriott.

The CSU Biotechnology Symposium is designed to broaden exposure to cutting-edge biotechnologies, product-focused innovation and the spectrum of career paths available in the life sciences.

With research topics ranging from antifreeze protein to type 2 diabetes, 46 CSULA students—25 undergraduates and 21 graduate students—will present their posters during the symposium on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. 

This year, CSULA’s biology major Gregory Alvarado is selected as a finalist for the Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award. The Eden Award fosters excellence in graduate student research throughout the CSU system in biotechnology-related research. Alvarado, who is mentored by CSULA Professor Robert Nissen, will present his research on “The temperature sensitive wdr68hi3812 allele reveals a requirement for dlx1a/2a expression in craniofacial development.”

In addition, CSULA’s biology major Kathy Trang is selected as finalist for the Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Student Research Award. The Nagel Award fosters excellence in undergraduate student research throughout the CSU system in biotechnology-related research. Trang, who is mentored by CSU Long Beach Professor Houng-Wei Tsai, will present her research on “Sexually dimorphic expression of splicing factors in the developing mouse cortex and hippocampus.”

For this symposium, 266 research posters were accepted for presentation, which represent work from 146 faculty-led research groups at 22 campuses.  The number of submitted and accepted abstracts is the most in the 25 years of the CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

As part of the three-day program, CSULA Professor Sandy Sharp will lead the CSUPERB Genomic Analysis and Technologies Taskforce Meeting, while CSULA Professor Wayne Tikkanen will co-present the Scientific Teaching Workshop. Also, CSULA alumnus Willie Guillermo Zuñiga, CEO/president of Grifols Biologicals, Inc., will coordinate a Career Networking Session for students in attendance.

A highlight of the event, the CSUPERB will be “Celebrating CSU Biotechnology Alumni.” Two of the honorees are CSULA alums: Hector Aguilar-Carreno of Washington State University and Michael Lipscomb of Howard University.

(The listing of poster presentations is available below.) For more information on the symposium, visit http://www.calstate.edu/csuperb/symposium/2013/.

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Characterizing the co-occurrence between mitochondrial KATP channel and uncoupling proteins in type 2 diabetes

Brito, Alfonso [G] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Lopez, Vanessa [G] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Peltekian, Lila [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Mandala, Sridhar [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Yamazaki, Katrina — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

DeLeon, Ray — Los Angeles, Kinesiology and Nutritional Science

 

Transmission of Acinetobacter baumannii clinical isolates between old and new facilities of LAC+USC Medical Center

Chong, Melissa [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Kuang, Shan N [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Chu, Yiming [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Xu, H. Howard — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Assessing Lipid-Derived Innate Immune Factors in Vernix Caseosa and Amniotic Fluid Protecting Against Intrauterine Infections

Tapia, Jazma [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Ma, Daniel [G] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Porter, Edith — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

Phenotypic and Molecular Characterization of Clinical Outbreak Isolates

Gonzalez, Maria [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Warner, Wayne A. [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Hernandez, Rina [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Fleischer, Jen [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Chu, H. Howard — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Promoter Swapping analysis of Casein Kinase I paralogs in Candida albicans

Zhu, Peng-yi [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences (2012 CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission Scholar)

Rodriguez, Natalie [G] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Park, Hyunsook — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

A disc diffusion cell-based assay for identification of targets of antibacterial inhibitors

Ward, Mathew [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Silva, Isba [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Xu, H. Howard — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Identification of antisense RNA constructs that silence essential genes in Escherichia coli

Kuang, Shan N. [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Kanzaki, Gregory [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Meas, Diane [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Meng, Jia [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Xu, H. Howard — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Effect of PLUNC, a novel defense protein of the airways, on the activity of antimicrobial cholesteryl esters

Rodriguez, Raquel [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Tapia, Jazma [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Porter, Edith — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

Design and construction of reporter plasmids to assess combinatorial contributions of 5’ and 3’ binding regions to Acta1 gene transcription

Vu, Ha [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Morales, Juan — Los Angeles, Life Science, Los Angeles City College

Sharp, Sandra B — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

The temperature sensitive wdr68hi3812 allele reveals a requirement for dlx1a/2a expression in craniofacial development

Alvarado, Gregory [G] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences (2013 Eden Award Finalist)

Wang, Bingyan — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Nissen, Robert M — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

Elucidation of the mechanism by inhibition of antisense RNA in Escherichia coli using quantitative real time PCR

Widjaja, Sharon [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Arenas, Marcela [U] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Meas, Diane [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Karim, Hawra [G] — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

Xu, H. Howard — Los Angeles, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Characterization of novel secreted luciferases from bioluminescent crustaceans.

Torres, Elizabeth — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Hovhannessian, Elizabeth [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

Sirot, Steve [U] — Los Angeles, Biological Sciences

 

Analysis of Crosstalk Mechanisms between the BMP and Wg Signaling Pathways During Drosophila Wing Development

Rios, Marlyn [G] — Los Angeles, Biology

Aleman, Abigail [U] — Los Angeles, Biology

Vartanpour, Kerestineh [U] — Los Angeles, Biology

Eivers, Edward — Los Angeles, Biology

 

Improved Preparation of recombinant Tenebrio molitor Antifreeze Protein and Study on Its Antifreeze Activity Enhancement

Arifin, Josh [U]  — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rios , Alejandra [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Juwita , Vonny [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Zamalloa, Jose [G] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wen, Xin — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Expression and Purification of Sea Raven Type II Antifreeze Protein using Escherichia coli

Lainez, Nancy [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Gharibi, Arbi [G] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Zamalloa, Jose [G] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wen, Xin — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Detection of Antibiotics using ssDNA Immobilized on Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes Modified with Sb Nanoparticles

Ohan, Juliette A. [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Gomez, Frank A. — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Development of Microfluidic-Based Assays for the Detection of the Bone Turnover Marker Osteocalcin

Carmona, Hector [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Valadez, Hector [U] — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Gomez, Frank A. — Los Angeles, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Investigating the Role of Linker-phosphorylated Mad in Regulating BMP Signaling during the

Development of the Wing Imaginal Disc

Hronas, Nicole [G] — Los Angeles, Biology

Lee, Daniel [U] — Los Angeles, Biology

Eivers, Edward — Los Angeles, Biology

 

[U] = undergraduate students

[G] = graduate students

 

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