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Leila Jirari

Leila Jirari


San Marcos High School

Grade Level: 

High School

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Herb Waite




Chengjun Sun

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Research Project Title: 

Purifying the Phosphoserine-rich protein from Phragmatopoma californica

Research Project Description: 

Phragmatopoma californica is a marine polychaete that builds protective tubes by joining bits of shell and sand grains with a secreted proteinaceous cement. The purpose of our research was to purify one of three proteins, the phosphoserine rich protein in the sand tube worm glue. The goal of studying this worm is to find out how adhesion happens under water and to hopefully use this glue as an underwater adhesive in the future.

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1) SDAIE Reading Strategies and Inquiry Labs for Biology Based Curriculum. 2) Protein & other Macromolecules Discovery Project

Curriculum Project Description: 

Project 1: These reading activities and inquiry based labs are intended to supplement the Ca State Standards for High School Biology. The reading activities help scaffold the content and make scientific articles more comprehensible. It also teaches the students reading strategies that they may use with future science or other content. The articles and labs have real life applications and are associated with the following topics: cell biology, genetics, genetic engineering, technology, evolution, ecology and physiology. Also included are detailed instructions and rubrics that will guides students on how to write a research paper and lab write up.

Project 2: Proteins, the most structurally sophisticated molecules known, account for more than 50% of the dry mass of most cells. They are instrumental in almost everything organisms do. A human has tens of thousands of different proteins, each with a specific structure and function. This project allows students to thoroughly investigate one protein within the assigned group of proteins. It is intended for college prep or advanced placement biology classes, but could be modified for a Life Science class. The students are asked to creatively design a skit involving their protein and prop to represent their protein. Guidelines and rubric are included.

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