Four Masters in Four Weeks

Within a span of four weeks in Spring 2022, four Boz researchers completed their Master of Science programs:

  1. Armando Vazquez – UCSD M.S. / B.S.; Thesis Title: “A network approach to investigating the role of the Sorghum bicolor transcription factor SbWRKY86 in promoting plant resistance to aphids”
  1. Sylvia Gong – SDSU Graduate School of Public Health; Thesis Title: “Acute GenX exposure induces spinal deformations and arrhythmia, and alters expression of genes involved in cardiac, vascular, neural, and visual systems during zebrafish (Danio rerio) early development”
  1. Zuying Feng – SDSU Graduate School of Public Health; Thesis Title: “Physiological and Transcriptomic Effects of Hexafluoropropylene Oxide Dimer Acid (GenX) in Caenorhabditis elegans during Early Development”
  1. Jeanne Vu – SDSU Graduate School of Public Health; Thesis Title: “Locomotor ability and brain gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster exhibit non-monotonic dose-response to HFPO-DA”

We are immensely proud of their efforts and accomplishments and look forward to their continued research endeavors at Boz (Armando and Zuying) and learning about their new science and technology adventures (Sylvia – currently at Cardinal Biocraft and Jeanne – currently at Meta). 

Abalone Research along the California Coast

In collaboration with National Park Service (NPS) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boz Institute is implementing eDNA methodology to investigate the distribution of endangered black and white abalone populations along the Southern California Coast.  Recently in May 2022, after establishing positive lab eDNA controls, Boz and NPS researchers and students collected eDNA samples from Channel Islands, CA  in areas known to have  abalone cluster populations.  The purpose of this phase of the study is to establish field positive controls and test the methods’ sensitivity to distinguish white from black abalone wild populations, before sampling more challenging sites with historically populated but currently unknown abalone distribution. 

Boz Scholars Published ADHD Study in Scientific Reports

Boz Institute research team, including scholars Katie O’Connell, Natalie Olander, and Sora Haagensen, have published their work about pre-COVID-19 ADHD childhood and adolescence trends in U.S. in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature Portfolio). The team analyzed public health and socioeconomic data and discovered underlying associations between ADHD diagnosis in children and critical factors related to socioeconomic status, including race, financial status, family structure, and neighborhood characteristics. Upon completion of the research immersion programs Boz offers in partnership with UCSD Extension, Katie, Natalie, and Sora joined our research team. Click here to read about their experience.

Boz Scholar Receives Co-author Credit in Scientific Journal

Summer 2019 research immersion program scholar, Sora Haagensen, fellow Boz researchers and Dr. Keith Lombardo from the National Park Service have published their work Relative genetic diversity of the rare and endangered Agave shawii ssp. shawii and associated soil microbes within a southern California ecological preserve in the journal Ecology and Evolution. This was a collaborative research project between Boz and the National Park Service.

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Boz Exhibits at EXPO Day 2020 – San Diego’s Festival of Science & Engineering

Boz Institute and our collaborators from Wood PLC hosted an open lab at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO DAY, a daylong celebration at PETCO Park in March, 2020. With more than 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits, Boz was privileged to contribute to science celebration with K-12 enthusiasts.

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