Lucas Scholars

Lucas Scholars 2016-’17


Dorian Bruch
  • Using hollow-gold nanoparticles for infrared light-controlled delivery of p53 tumor suppressor protein to lung cancer cells
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Norbert Reich
Aviv Elbag
  • Studying the effect of chaotic component of the flow field on the material transport
  • Major: Physics
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Igor Mezic
Anna Kornilova
  • Research project pending
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: TBD
Christopher La Placa
  • Incorporating portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometry into bioarchaeological research as a method of analyzing the effects of burial environment on skeletal materials
  • Major: Biological Anthropology
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amber VanDerwarker
Isabella Mayorga
  • Determining the effect of population decline in large wildlife species on tick abundance and tick-borne diseases
  • Majors: Environmental Studies/Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hillary Young

Gillian Nguyen

  • Investigating which fertilizers are beneficial to the microbe population in relation to plants’ growth, as well as the energy output generated from the microbes’ anaerobic respiration “Since existing renewable energy approaches are either too expensive to build, like wind turbines, or only efficient at certain times, like solar panels on sunny days, I want to find a different promising new source of clean, stable and inexpensive energy that is available everywhere: soil. I have spent a year studying the mechanisms as well as developing batteries made of soil into a sufficient, forever-lasting source of electricity for low-power applications, such as LED bulbs.”
  • Majors: Biological Sciences/Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carla D’Antonio

Eduardo Rojas

  • Examining MRI/CAT scan images and developing machine learning and deep learning algorithms to correlate findings in brain injuries.
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. B.S. Manjunath

Kevin Ruan

  • Investigating the molecular mechanisms behind the microtube associated protein, tau; examining how microtube targeting agents in chemotherapy can lead to treatment limiting chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stuart Feinstein


Lucas Scholars 2015-’16

Sarah Amiri

  • Studying changes in marine habitat using satellite imagery
  • Major: Biology
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Siegel

Ravinderdeep Gill

  • Researching nanoparticles as vehicles for drug delivery
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Samir Mitragotri

Kenny Imery Bonilla

  • Using DNA extraction protocols for marine invertebrates
  • Majors: Biological Sciences/Aquatic Biology
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Hofmann

Benson Li

  • Developing an analog readout for microwave kinetic inductance detectors
  • Major: Physics
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ben Mazin

F. Scott Susi

  • Using fruit flies to test neural responses to temperature
  • Major: Biopsychology
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Craig Montell