Gemstone Honors Program

Class of 2013 Teams

B3: Blood-Brain Barrier

Section: 0102

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Helim Aranda-Espinoza
Librarian: Ms. Joscelyn Langholt
Members: Sakib Adnan, Regina Borsellino, Alice He, SangHyuk Lee, Somdutta Mukherjee, Victor Peng, Karthya Potti, Kelly Shih, Janina Vaikus, Victor Wang, Rani Woo, Robert Zhang
Team Website
Keywords: blood-brain barrier, vascular cell, nanoparticles, drug delivery B3: Blood-Brain Barrier

BIO-COUNTER: Bioweapon Inhibition and Organized Containment Operating Unit for the Negation of Terrorist Entities and Radicals

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Hermann>
Librarian: Mr. Jim Miller>
Members: Kyle Jamolin, Jonathan Saltzman, Darrell Schaefer, Sebastian Serrano, Aaron Shim, Joshua Sloane
Team Website
Keywords: anthrax, Washington D.C., anthrax attack

DIET: Dietary Information and Evaluation Technologies

Team Thesis
Mentors: Dr. Nadine Sahyoun
Librarian: Ms. Judy Markowitz
Members: Britini Cunningham, Amanda Dols, Emily Dumm, Angelica Eng, Kate Franke, Alison Gross, Jonathan Helinek, Jonathan Indig, Joshua Leibowitz, Alexander O'Connor, Timothy Russell, Aroon Sharma, Min Yan
Team Website
Keywords: self efficacy, diet, fruits, vegetables, diet-tracking

Food Deserts

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher
Librarian: Ms. Judy Markowitz
Members: Carolina Aguiar, Valerie Caplan, Emily Chang, Sophia Chang, Jennifer Kuo, Moses Lahey, Rutvij Pandya, Katherine Richard, Kelci Schexnayder, Monique Thornton, Rachel White
Team Website
Keywords: nutrition, farmer's market, low-income families, SNAP, WIC

Gene Therapy

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Ioannis Bossis
Librarian: Mr. Jim Miller
Members: Daniel Atlas, Elizabeth Buckshaw, David Hanna, Jennifer Lannon, Alia Mahmud, Mariya Mirvis, Anna Pham, Nadira Ramnarain, Paul Randazzo, Michelle Safferman, Angelina She, Jeremy Zuckerberg
Team Website
Keywords: gene therapy, familial hypercholesterolemia, rabbits, high cholesterol, adeno-associated virus

IEDOB: Increasing Energy Density of Batteries

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Chunseng Wang
Librarian: Ms. Nevenka Zdravkovska
Members: Asif Ahmed, Jan Babiuch-Hall, Taarika Babu, Gary Chen, Desiree Devries, Karen Dunford, Madara Jayatilake, Emily Li, Scott Wingate, Joseph Yan
Team Website
Keywords: lithium-ion batteries, graphene silicon, nanoparticles, stability

KERMIT: Knowledge of Endocrine Reactions Manifesting from Intoxicants in Septic Tanks

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Steven Turley
Librarian: Mr. Jim Miller
Members: Amy Chen, Alma Gonzalez, David Hue, Richa Kalsi, Tanya Kapoor, Hae Park, Samuel Park, Alex Proctor, Alexander Ridgway, Andrew Taverner, Nikola Vujcic
Team Website
Keywords: poultry, poultry litter, zenopus laevis, contaminates, frog, Chesapeake bay

MAGIC: Medical and Genetic Information Concerns

Team Thesis
Mentors: Dr. Ritu Agarwal and Dr. Kislaya Prasad
Librarian: Ms. Nedelina Tchangalova
Members: Sathvik Balaram, Tyler Dunn, Michael Harris, Joshua Kohn, Hai Le, Christina Lee, Ori Lieberman, Tiffany Lin, Aaron Sachs
Team Website
Keywords: genetic sequencing, privacy, ethics

MILK

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Nam Sun Wang
Librarians: Mr. Bob Kackley; Ms. Lily Griner
Members: Thomas Blackmon, Jonathan Chang, Amy Cheng, Tiffany Jen, Hannah Kravis, Raishay Lin, Michael Lu, Erin Ong, Tanya Pakzad, Nima Sarfaraz, Yvonne Shiau, Jacklyn Wong
Team Website
Keywords: milk, spoiled food, pH-sensitive indicators, milk cartons

ONLINE: Observing the Nuances of Learning in Non-traditional Environments

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Michael Zachariah
Librarian: Mr. David Wilt
Members: Maureen Bowers, Neal Freyman, Elizabeth McLellan, Brian Paxton, Jeremy Spiegel
Team Website
Keywords: online courses, higher learning, internet

RODENT: Reducing Obesity and Disease with Effective Nutritional Therapies

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Brian Bequette
Librarian: Mr. Jim Miller
Members: Shelby Brumback, Jamin Byun, Jacob Cohen, Feili Huang, Ghazal Kango, Anastasiya Latushko, Michael Lin, Alexander Mamunes, Marko Modric, Kenneth Rosenberg, Oliver Sun, Christina Thomas, Michelle Yoo
Team Website
Keywords: obesity, mice, diet,metabolism

Solar Campus

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. Charlie Carr >
Librarian: Ms. Nevenka Zdravkovska
Members: Sougata Biswas, Jason Connolly, Kevin Fries, Christopher Grant, Kevin Hwang, Hoyoung Kang, Dana Motabar, Christopher Reavis, Shervin Sepehri
Team Website
Keywords: photovoltaic cell, heat flux, sustainability

SWAMP: Superior Wetlands Against Malicious Pollutants

Team Thesis
Mentor: Dr. David Tilley
Librarians: Mr. Bob Kackley/ Ms. Lily Griner
Members: Arsh Agarwal, Allison Bradford, Kerry Cheng, , Ramita Dewan, Enrique Disla, Addison Goodley, Nathan Lim, Lisa Liu, Lucas Place, Raevathi Ramadorai, Jaishri Shankar, Michael Wellen, Diane Ye, and Edward Yu
Team Website
Keywords: plants, Chesapeake Bay, wetlands, nitrate, organic carbon