Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Winners 2018

MSP Participants 2018

16 MSP students won awards at the 2018 ABRCMS conference in Indianpolis, IN.  All of them conducted their research at UCI. ABRCMS attracts approximately 2,150 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. The following list includes the name of the MSP student that received the award (first author of the poster), the name of co-authors and principal investigator (last author), research title and category of the award:

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Karina Barragan, Andrey Tatarenkov, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Mobilization of Antibiotic Resistance Genes on a Plasmid of Environmental Bacterium Citrobacter freundii. Poster Category: Computational and Systems Biology.

Christian Checkcinco; Andrey Tatarenkov, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Mobile Class 1 Integron Containing Antibiotic Resistant Genes is Newly Described in Environmental Enterobacter kobei. Poster category:  Physiology.

Moisés Favela,  Iván Muñoz-Gutiérrez, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Various Mobilization Events Leading to the Acquisition of Multidrug Resistance in an Environmental Escherichia coli Plasmid. Poster category:  Computational and Systems Biology

Joseph Garcia, Mark Richardson, Shareen Ashby, Kristen Gabriel, Rebekah Dyer, John Hong, Sudipta Majumdar, and Gregory A. Weiss (PI). Research Title Optimization of a Selective Sulfhydryldimethylmaleimide Click Reaction. Poster category:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Nathalie Iribe, Julius A. Edson, and Young J. Kwon (PI). Research Title: Determining the Optimal Conditions for Synthesis of Acid-Transforming Chitosan for Use as a Nanoantibiotic. Poster Category: Chemistry.

Micah M. Lawrence; Iván Muñoz-Gutiérrez, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Mobilization of Antibiotic Resistance Gene aac(3)-IIa into Escherichia coli by a Single IS26 Transposon. Poster Category: Microbiology.

Roman A. Meza Jr., Nicholas Chim, and John Chaput (PI). Research Title: Structural Characterization of a Replicative DNA Polymerase with Unexpected Reverse-Transcriptase Activity. Poster Category:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Sarah Najera, Amelie Garenaux, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: First Report of an ESBL-encoding blaCTX-M-27 Antibiotic Resistance Gene Coupled with European Antibiotic Resistance Gene Cassette. Poster Category: Developmental Biology and Genetics.

Edward Oropeza, Nicholas Chim, and John Chaput (PI). Research Title: Structural Characterization of an RNA-cleaving FANA enzyme. Poster Category:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Cuauhtémoc B. Ramirez, Brendan T. Finicle, and Aimee L. Edinger (PI). Research Title: Role of Serine288 Phosphorylation in EndophilinA2 Function. Poster category:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Isaryhia Rodriguez, Lorrayne Serra, Bryan Rodriguez, Cassandra McGill, and Ali Mortazavi (PI). Research Title: Comparative Transcriptomics of Heads and Tails between Steinernema carpocapsae and Caenorhabditis elegans. Poster Category: Developmental Biology and Genetics.

Alyza Roman, Amelie Garenaux, and  Luis M. Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Co-occurrence ofblaCMY-2 and a TnAs3-associated rare integron on an IncI1 plasmid in a multidrug resistant environmental Escherichia coli. Poster Category: Cell Biology.

Jack Shanahan, Ivan Munoz, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: A Novel Combination of Plasmid Mediated Antibiotic Resistant and Heavy Metal Resistant Genes in Environmental Klebsiella pneumoniae.Poster category:  Physiology.

Sarah Singh, Andrey Tatarenkov, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Complete Sequence of an Escherichia coli IncF Plasmid Showing Mobilization of blaCMY-2 Gene by IS1294 Transposase. Poster Category: Developmental Biology and Genetics.

JoAnne Villagrana, Andrey Tatarenkov, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: Escherichia coliST1193 from Natural Environment Carries Novel Multidrug-Resistant Region Formed by Transposition. Poster Category: Cell Biology.

Evelyn Zarate-Sanchez, Andrey Tatarenkov, and Luis Mota-Bravo (PI). Research Title: New Multidrug-Resistant Region in Klebsiella oxytoca from the Environment. Poster Category:  Social and Behavioral/Public Health.