AAAS 2018 Winners!

Three UCI undergraduates participating in the School of Biological Sciences Minority Science Programs (MSP) received awards for their research presentations at the poster competition of the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in Austin TX. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. The research poster competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from domestic and international institutions. Their awards were recognized in the March 23, 2018 issue of Science and on the AAAS website. (

MSP undergraduates are participating in research training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health to prepare them to pursue Ph.D. degrees and careers in biomedical research.

The poster categories, award-winning UCI undergraduates (first authors), advisors, and their research titles are:

Oluwaseun Adegbite

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Honerable Mention: Oluwaseun Adegbite, Andrei Tatarenkov and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI) University of California, Irvine
Widespread Blatem-1b Locus within Flexible Multidrug Resistance Region in an Environmental Escherichia coli



Emily Bryant

Developmental Biology, Physiology and Immunology
Honorable Mention: Emily Bryant, Andrei Tatarenkov and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI) University of California, Irvine
A Multiresistance Region Including Extended Spectrum Β-Lactamase Antibiotic Resistance Genes in an Escherichia coli Collected from an Aquatic Environment



Glenn Guardamondo

Medicine and Public Health
Honorable Mention: Glenn Guardamondo and Aileen Anderson (PI) University of California, Irvine
Poly(Lactide-Co-Glycolide) and the Innate Immune Response Following a Spinal Cord Injury Drives Human Neural Stem Cell Fate



MSP Participants