Previous Research Projects

Under the mentorship of department faculty and research scientists, each undergraduate student completes a research project and presents their findings at a campus-wide poster session at the end of the summer.

The following students have completed summer projects supported by EHREP, the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, UW's Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program, or the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

Student Research 2016

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Anika AndersonWashington University in St. Louis Mike Dodd  Degradation of Antibiotic Resistance Genes During Full-scale and Bench-scale Wastewater Chlorination
Aliyah BennetUniversity at BuffaloMarilyn Roberts  

Comparing Antibiotic Resistance in E. coli from the Intestinal Tract of Coyotes, Wolves, and Orcas in Washington State

Shounak BoseCase Western Reserve UniversityJulian Marshall

Changes in Racial Segregation and Disparities in NO2 Air Pollution Exposure in US Urban Areas, 2000-2010

Elise Hickman University of California, DavisLucio CostaDevelopmental Modulation of Reelin Expression in Diesel Exhaust Exposed Mice
Miriam Juárez-Vargas University of California, BerkeleyNoah Seixas

Reaching the Hard-to-Reach: Working and Social Conditions of Low-Wage Workers in Seattle, WA

Henry Sluka The College of. St. ScholasticaTerry KavanaghExposure of mouse hepatocyte cell lines with differential GSH synthesis to glycidol and 3-bromo-1-propanol  

Student Research 2015

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Connor CarrilloWashington State UniversityJoel KaufmanEnvironmental Inequalities: Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Air Pollution in Washington State
Davis CowlesLouisiana State UniversityJulia Yui Cui

Characterizing Novel Alternative Splicing Isoforms of Critical Drug-Processing Genes in Mice

Elzbieta KalataLoyola University ChicagoLucio Costa

Social Behavior in Mice Following Developmental Exposure to Diesel Exhaust 

Esmeralda LopezBrown UniversityChristopher SimpsonMeasurement of Urinary Hydroxypyrene as a Biomarker of Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Jana RottOregon State UniversityMichael Dodd

Alterations to Microorganism Structures in Sundriven Chlorine Photolysis

Mackenzie SchimpfTruman State UniversityMarilyn RobertsCharacterization of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Primates, Personnel and Environment at US Primate Center
Breanna Thomas
Xavier University of Louisiana
Yvonne LinEvaluation of a Novel CYP2D6 Biomarker During Pregnancy

Student Research 2014

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Paige BommaritoUniversity of MichiganLucio CostaDiesel Exhaust Particle Activation of Microglia Induces Neurotoxicity
Tiffany ChouMount Holyoke CollegeEdmund Seto

b.hav: a mobile app for exploring personal physical activity and air pollution exposure

Jeremy Cobbs-HartClark Atlanta UniversityJohn Kissel

Evaluation of Surface Contamination Standards in the Context of Potential Post-war Exposure to TCDD Residues in C-123 Aircraft Used to Spray Agent Orange

Megan DavisStanford UniversityYvonne Lin

Association of Pesticide Exposure and Cortisol Levels in Farmworker Families

Cole StoryPomona CollegeJoel Kaufman

Seasonal and Regional Effects on Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds

Peter WagnerUniversity of North TexasMichael DoddInactivation of Chlorine-Resistant Microorganisms by Solar Photolysis of Free Chlorine and Observation of Consequent Damage by Scanning Electron Microscopy
Allen WhiteTexas Southern UniversityChristopher SimpsonDiesel Exhaust Exposure Monitoring in an Underground Mine

Student Research 2013

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Madison BaxterBaylor University, TXJoel KaufmanResidential Exposure to Indoor and Outdoor Volatile Organic Compounds
Mallory BellNorthwestern University, ILMichael DoddEnhanced Resistance of Microorganisms to Chlorine Inactivation by Interactions of Multivalent Cations and Natural Organic Matter
Adriana Falcon VazquezUniversity of Puerto Rico, PRChristopher SimpsonMobile Monitoring of Multi-pollutant Mixtures on Roadways: Characterizing Remporal Variation in Response to Pollutant Plumes Across Multiple Instruments
Jeron JacobsonUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WIMarilyn RobertsCharacterization of Pathogenic Bacteria Cultures and Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Crow Feces and their Environment
Yesenia JaramilloUniversity of California, Davis, CATerrance KavanaghLiver Antioxidant Protein Responses to Acute Diesel Exposure in an Aging Model of Glutathione Deficiency
Kelsey Marie RobertsonSata Clara University, CAJohn KisselIn vitro Human Percutaneous Absorption of Selected Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Allan J. SomersSalish Kootenai College, MTYvonne LinDevelopment of a Targeted Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry Approach to Screen for 182 Pesticides in Urine Samples

Student Research 2012

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Chi-Hsuan ChangNational Taiwan UniversityJohn KisselAssessment of Children's Non-dietary Exposure to Chlorpyrifos in Indoor Environments
Sheila CuberoUniversidad del EsteMarilyn RobertsIsolation of Pathogens and Drug-Resistant Genes from Crows and their Environment
Andrea d'AquinoWestern Washington UniversityChristopher SimpsonInvestigating Stability of Ozone Samples: Ogawa Holding Time Experiment in Seattle, WA
Mitra GeierWestern Washington UniversityLucio CostaDiazinon and Diazoxon Impair Astrocyte Production of Fibronectin & Laminin
Josi HerronUniversity of Great FallsTerrance KavanaghA Novel Method for the Detection and Quantitation of Intact Quantum Dots in Tissue Slices
Madelyn HuangUniversity of Notre DameDavid EatonSilver Nanoparticles After mRNA Expression of Cytokines in Mouse Macrophage and Hepatoma Cells
Siddarta JairamUniversity of California: Santa BarbaraGretchen OnstadModeling of Drinking Water Treatment and Analysis of Disinfection Byproduct Formation
Alexandra KossikUniversity of WashingtonScott MeschkeLocal Farmers Market Fresh Produce Samplin for the Presence of E. coli and Salmonella
Hamza RabiUniversity of WashingtonJoel KaufmanPreliminary Assessment of Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Oxides Air Pollutants in the Duwamish Valley
Lilian TurciosTexas Southern UniversityMichael YostAirborne Total Dust, PM 2.5, and NH3 and Residential Proximity to Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and Rural Roadways
Ming-Fong YangNational Taiwan UniversityScott MeschkeComparison of Poliovirus Recovery from Water Using Three Candidate Filters

Student Research 2011

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject Title
Desiree AncarUniversity of Tennessee KnoxvilleMarilyn RobertsAlgae, Avian Feces, Sand, Marine Water, and Freshwater of Recreational Marine Beaches as Potential Reservoirs for Salmonella spp. and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus species
Kristina BlankUniversity at BuffaloJoel KaufmanSubjectivity and its Effects: The Relationship Between Self-Reported Chemical Sensitivity and the Ability to Perceive Diesel Exhaust Exposure
Mariela Medina CastellanosCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversityJohn KisselThe Effect of pH on the Octanol/Water Partition Coefficient of Pentachlorophenol
Karena SmollUniversity of California, IrvineChristopher SimpsonMethod Development of Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction for the Analysis of Volatile Organohalogen Compounds in Artificial Seawater
Andy TangUniversity of WashingtonMarilyn RobertsQuantification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli from algal wracks, marine water, fresh water, and avian feces from recreational marine beaches in Washington State
T'Shane WilliamsClark Atlanta UniversityScott MeschkeAn Evaluation of Indicator Bacteria Levels at Green Lake Park Swimming Beaches
Lisa XiaoSt. John's UniversityLucio CostaPON2 as an Antioxidant Enzyme in the Central Nervous System: Gender Differences
Angele ZamarronThe Evergreen State CollegeMichael YostHouse Dust: A Pesticide Exposure Pathway

Student Research 2010

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject TitleLink to poster
Natasha BonillaUniversity of Puerto RicoMarilyn RobertsSurvival of Clinical and Environmental Strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Marine Watersbonilla.pdf
Kendra BroadwaterUniversity of WashingtonMichael YostCharacterizing Ventilation in Collision Repair Spray Painting Boothsbroadwater.pdf
Aaron EtheringtonHeritage UniversityKazuhiro SonodaInvestigation of Bacterial Contamination in Lower Yakima Valley Well Wateretherington.pdf
Devin GromanUniversity of WashingtonScott MeschkePresence and Detection of Enteric Viruses in Fresh Producegroman.pdf
Jeffrey JacquezIndiana UniversityDavid KalmanBiological Monitoring of Arsenic Speciesjacquez.pdf
Rebekah KlintUC - San DiegoDavid EatonEffects of GSTM1, GSTT1, and CYP3A5 Polymorphisms on Levels of Isothiocyanate Metabolitesklint.pdf
Alyssa LevitzOlin College of EngineeringJohn KisselApplication of IndusChemFate, PBPK free-ware, to metabolism and excretion of DEET following dermal exposurelevitz.pdf
Jamie MinickBoise State UniversityScott MeschkeAn Evaluation of Presence and Source of Fecal Contamination at Golden Gardens Parkminick.pdf
Erika ParkerUniversity of GeorgiaSverre VedalOccupational Dust Exposure and Airways Disease by Computed Tomographyparker.pdf
Rogelio RangelUniversity of WashingtonMatthew KeiferRadio Novelas for Community Based Health and Safety Education in the Yakima Valleyrangel.pdf
Amy StiffarmSalish Kootenai CollegeMarilyn RobertsPrevalence and Distribution of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on Three Seattle-Metro Beachesstiffarm.pdf

Student Research 2009

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject TitleLink to Poster
Mehak AhluwaliaUniversity of WashingtonScott MeschkeEnvironmental Presence of MRSA on Seattle ATMsahluwalia.pdf
Dominique BibbinsSpelman CollegeMatthew KeiferThe Use of Spanish Radio Dramas to Raise Awareness of Environmental and Occupational Health Issues in Yakima Valleybibbins.pdf
Mark CrippenUniversity of WashingtonMarilyn RobertsCharacterization of Methicillin Resistant mecA elements in Kytococcus, Helcococcus, Enterococcus, Leuconostoc, Micrococcus, and Streptococcuscrippen.pdf
Ashley Marie HammerbeckThe University of Wisconsin-River FallsJohn KisselResidential Transfer Coefficients: A Reviewhammerbeck.pdf
Anne Marie RoubalDePaul UniversityLianne SheppardDevelopment of a Spatio-Temporal Model to predict CO levelsroubal.pdf
Kelsey SmithUniversity of WashingtonChristopher SimpsonAssessing Occupational Woodsmoke Exposure in Firefighterssmith.pdf
Luke SwartUniversity of WashingtonMarilyn RobertsIsolation of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Western Washington fresh and marine recreation watersswart.pdf

Student Research 2008

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject TitleLink to Poster
Veronica CastroHeritage UniversityMatthew KeiferLower Yakima Valley Private Well Study and Proximity to Surrounding CAFOsN/A
Fang-Yu LinChina Medical UniversityDavid KalmanA Field Test Kit for Arsenic in Drinking Water: Laboratory Evaluationlin.pdf
Katie FellowsUniversity of WashingtonMarilyn RobertsVancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus sp. (VRE) and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Marine Sand and Waterfellows.pdf
Laura MaganaOregon State UniversityJanice Camp & Noah SexiasInjury Prevention in Day Laborers:Job-specific Fact Sheetsmagana.pdf
Anais ParkerSpelman CollegeJohn KisselEstimation of Children’s Exposure to 2,4-D Using CTEPP DataN/A
Lorena RayUniversity of WashingtonScott MeschkeValidation & Implementation of Assessing Job-Related Exposures in Dairy Farm Workersray.pdf
Robert ReedUniversity of WashingtonChristopher SimpsonAssessment of Woodsmoke Exposure in Wild-land Firefightersreed.pdf
Yen-Ju ChouUniversity of WashingtonMichael YostUsing UV-DOAS to Collect Reference Spectra for NO2 and O2chou.pdf

Student Research 2007

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty MentorProject TitleLink to Poster
Amna AzizStanford UniversityScott MeschkeN/AN/A
Tonya BrooksUniversity of MarylandSara AdarImproving Positional Accuracy In The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollutionbrooks.pdf
Iana IvanovaUniversity of WashingtonMarilyn Roberts & Scott MeschkeDrug Resistant E. coli Found in Drinking Water in Rural Ugandaivanova.pdf
Larissa JonesBoston CollegeTerrance KavanaghPreliminary Study Shows: Hepatocellular GCLC/GCLM Production is Not Significantly Different with Zinc Treatmentjones.pdf
Nassir KowdanUniversity of WashingtonScott MeschkeStability of Aeromonas hydrophila in Tap Water With Chlorine Residualkowdan.pdf
Anais ParkerSpelman CollegeJohn KisselEstimation of Children’s Exposure to 2,4-D Using CTEPP Dataparker.pdf
Jeff WallsUniversity of WashingtonMatthew KeiferThe Influence of Blood Sample Storage Conditions on Cholinesterase Activity: Introducing a Portable Cholinesterase Test Kit into Clinical Practicewalls.pdf

Student Research 2006

Student NameHome UniversityFaculty Mentor
Christopher DiangcoUniversity of WashingtonJohn Kissel
Amina NegashUniversity of WashingtonJane Koenig
Dustin PalmCollege of St. ScholasticaMichael Yost
Brandt PeinUniversity of WashingtonScott Meschke
Araceli VasquezLewis & Clark State CollegeMatthew Keifer