2007 Graduates

Anna Andongo, Lewis & Clark College, BA, Biochemistry
Research Mentor: Dr. Robert Ross
Project: Implication of Combined Deficiency of Dystrophin and b1 Integrin on Cardiomyocyte Constameric and Membrane Structures

Tony Baltazar, UC San Diego, BS, Physiology and Neuroscience
Research Mentor: Dr. David Roth
Project: Cardiac myocyte overexpression of caveolin-3 reduces apoptosis

Julius Dave Bugayong, Cal State University-Northridge, BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Kirk Knowlton
Project: Mapping Shroom Localization in Cultured HeLa and Cos7 Cells to Further
Assess its Functional Role in Cytoskeletal Stabilization, Cytoprotection and
Maintenance of Myocardial Response Against the Onset of Cardiac Failure.

Melissa Jahangiri, Florida International University, BS, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Research Mentor: Dr. Paul Insel
Project: Role of Epac in Regulating TGF-b1-Induced EMT in Madin Darby Canine Kidney
Epithelial Cells

Joseph Msefya, Norfolk State University, BS, Biology/Pre Med
Research Mentor: Dr. Jason Yuan

Mary Oyeleye, MS University for Women, BS, Biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Wolfgang Dillman
Project: Mitochondria Fusion and Fission Related Proteins

Candace Thomas, Chapman University, BS, Biological Sciences
Research Mentor: Dr. Judith Varner
Project: Integrin ?????activation during bone marrow derived cells trafficking promotes tumor
neovascularization and growth.

Ronald Vasquez, University of Chicago, BS, Biological Sciences
Research Mentor: Dr. Ju Chen
Project: The Role of desmoplakin Isoforms in Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular

Megan Venegas, University of Hawaii, BS, Biology
Research Mentor: Dr. Jeff Omens
Project: Structural Changes of the Myocardial Laminae during Heart Failure