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MARC Faculty

Dr. Laura ArceDr. Laura Arce, Biology
Dr. Arce investigates the regulation of gene expression of photosynthetic genes in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Dr. Arce is the Director of the Cal State Fullerton Research Careers Preparatory (RCP)Program. RCP provides freshmen, sophomores/juniors, and new transfer students the opportunity to explore research as a career through a specially designed pro-seminar course, a laboratory skills training course, and field or laboratory research activities.
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Dr. Iris Blandón-GitlinDr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin, Psychology
All aspects of human memory, including the cognitive processes underlying memories for non-existent events (false memories), the effects of Oxytocin on face identification to test models of face recognition memory, and the cognitive mechanisms underlying deception.

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Catherine BrennanDr. Catherine Brennan, Biology
Cell biology of phagocytosis; Genetic approaches to elucidating mechanisms used by white blood cells to control the killing of engulfed microbes.

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Dr. Esther ChenDr. Esther Chen, Biology
Molecular biology of microbe-host interactions; Bacterial genes and signals involved in forming a symbiosis with plants.

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Dr. Amybeth CohenDr. Amybeth Cohen, Biology
Regulation of photosynthetic gene expression in plants; Use of Chlamydomonas as a bioreactor for the production of eukaryotic proteins; Population genetics of the Santa Ana River Woolly Star (Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum).

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Dr. Math P. CuajungcoDr. Math P. Cuajungco, Biology
Analysis of protein and lipid interactomes of TRP ion channels; Roles of metal transporters and ion channels in the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; Drug discovery for metal transporters and ion channels.

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Dr. Kathryn DicksonDr. Kathyrn Dickson, Biology
Evolution and development of the endothermy in fishes; Swimming performance in fishes; Comparative physiology and biochemistry.

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Dr. Peter de LijserDr. John Haan
Electrochemistry of energy and sensing for applications in biomedicine, environmental science, and alternative energy.

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Dr. Paula HudsonDr. Paula Hudson, Chemistry
Examination of chemical and physical processes of atmospherically relevant surfaces and aerosols related to climate change.

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Dr. Veronica Jimenez OrtizDr. Veronica Jimenez Ortiz, Biology
Role of ion channels in sensing and adaptation to environmental conditions in protozoan parasites, mechanosensation, electrophysiology.

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Dr. Hope JohnsonDr. Hope Johnson, Biology
Physiology and biochemistry of microbial manganese oxidation. Microbial interactions with metals and metal cycling.

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Dr. Hope JohnsonDr. Niroshika Keppetipola, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Understanding how post-translational modifications alter the activity of splicing factors and in turn cellular gene expression.

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Dr. Charles LeeDr. Charles Lee, Mathematics
Computational Applied Mathematics: Modeling; Numerical Algorithms; Simulation; Optimization; Pattern Recognition; DNA Microarrays; Cancer Detection.

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Dr. Maria LinderDr. Maria Linder, Chemistry
Structure, function, regulation and gene expression of protein associated with transport, storage, and excertion of iron and copper in health, disease, and development.

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Dr. Alison MiyamotoDr. Alison Miyamoto, Biology
Molecular mechanisms of Notch receptor signaling by typical and atypical ligands; developmental and cell biology of elastic fiber proteins.

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Dr. Nga NguyenDr. Nga Nguyen, Anthropology
Behavioral endocrinology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology of wild social mammals.

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Dr. Nikolas NikolaidisDr. Nikolas Nikolaidis, Biology
Evolution and functional differentiation of proteins involved in stress and immune responses.

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Dr. Misty Paig-TranDr. Misty Paig-Tran
Comparative functional anatomy, biomechanics, and biomaterials focusing on marine systems. Emphasis on biomimetic filters.

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Dr. Nilay PatelDr. Nilay Patel, Biology
Regulation of apolipoprotein-E gene expression, and its role in Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Dr. Jessie PeissigDr. Jessie Peissig, Psychology
Visual recognition of objects and faces, using both applied and evolutionary perspectives.

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Dr. Maria Soledad RamirezDr. Maria Soledad Ramirez, Biological Sciences
Identification and characterization of antibiotic resistance mechanisms, their dissemination, evolution and impact in morbidity and mortality of bacterial infections.

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Dr. Nina RobsonDr. Nina Robson, Mechanical Engineering
Mechanism Design, Robotics, Biomechanics, Assistive Technologies, Human-Robot Interaction.    

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Dr. Melanie SaccoDr. Melanie Sacco, Biology
Molecular biology of plant-pathogen interactions; protein-protein interactions and signaling in disease resistance.

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Dr. Nancy SegalDr. Nancy Segal, Psychology
Twin studies of behavioral development; evolutionary psychological approached to behavior.

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Dr. Eriko SelfDr. Eriko Self, Psychology
Human visual perception and color vision. Recent topics include color from motion, optical illusions, and color vision screening test.

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Dr. Parvin ShahrestaniDr. Parvin Shahrestani, Biology
Evolutionary genomics, population genetics, experimental evolution, aging, immune defense, Drosophila melanogaster.
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Dr. Garrett StruckhoffDr. Garrett Struckhoff, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Uptake and translocation of environmental pollutants into wetland and upland plants. Potential for use of algae to reduce wastewater contaminants and produce bioproducts.

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Dr. Marcelo TolmaskyDr. Marcelo Tolmasky, Biology
Molecular genetics and mechanism that contribute to the virulence of pathogenic bacteria.

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Dr. Jennifer TrevittDr. Jennifer Trevitt, Psychology
The anatomy and pharmacology of the basal ganglia, particularly as it relates to Parkinson's disease and motor function. The relationship between dopamine and adenosine and their combined effects on motor function.

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Dr. Jennifer TrevittDr. Anael Verdugo, Mathematics
Mathematical modeling of biological systems. Computational studies of cellular stress responses and biochemical oscillators.

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Saumya JaniSaumya Jani, MARC Student Assistant