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USDA Scholars Research Page

Every USDA Scholar should prepare a report summarizing their summer internship work.  These can be written or as presentations.  Here is a list of research labs our USDA Sholars have worked in and the titles of their research projects.

USDA Scholar Host institution: Name of supervisor Project title
Andrew Almacen Amyris: Sara Gaucher, USDA: Debbie Laudencia Screening analytics document quality control. 
PCR screen of bread wheat for functional insertions in
gluten genes. 
Christina Chaiyasith USDA: John Mark Carter Development of a sandwich ELISA assay to detect shiga
toxin-producing E. coli in the food supply.
Charleen Deguzman UC Berkeley: Peggy Lemaux Improving potassium use efficiency in rice by HAK
potassium transporter function. 
Herbert Hernandez USDA:  Patrick Moran Invasive weed management in riparian areas.
Victor Herrera PGEC:  Jennifer Lewis Suppressor screen of Arabiopsis thaliana zar1 (P.
Syringae resistance) mutants. 
Diana Jucha USDA:  Debbie Laudencia  
Minkyung Kang  Amyris Hired as a full-time technician
Luke Karl CHORI:    
Zainab Khalid USDA:  John Mark Carter Development of an immunoassay microbead-based detection of
pathogens, E. coli, salmonella, and listeria to improve safety.  
Eric Lee UC Davis:   
Duy Masuno PGEC: George Chuck, LBNL:  Genotyping and gene expression in switchgrass and maize to
improve biofuel production. 
Danielle Odeh CHORI:  Testing drug efficacy in mice models of SLOS, an autosomal
recessive disorder 
Silvio J. Ortiz Amyris: Sara Gaucher High throughput screening of synthetic biology products
and enzyme activity modeling in yeast .
Elleanor S. Pangilinan CHORI:    
Huong Phan USDA:  Debbie Laudencia Identify induced mutations in wheat storage protein genes
using SDS-PAGE. 
Shahraiz S. Qureshi CCC:  Katie Krolikowski Prepared, administered and analyzed a survey of
biotechnology alumni.
Gonzalo Reyes CHORI:   
Ruben Rubalcava PGEC:  Jennifer Lewis Screening and genotyping of hypersensitive disease
response in Arabidopsis thaliana.  
Kern Saechao USDA: John Mark Carter Development of an ELISA-based immunoassay to detect
pathogenic E. coli,
listeria, and salmonella.
Ray Serafin PGEC:  Jennifer Lewis  
Navpreet Singh    
Yasra Syed UC Berkeley: Peggy Lemaux  
Hiba Syed USDA Earned a summer student internship position.  
Jose Zepeda HSI_STEM office at CCC:  Mayra
Graphic design and website management
Gabriella USDA:  Roberto Avena Prolonging shelf life of cherry tomatos, processing whole
foods through dehydration, and chemical analysis of processed foods. 


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