Graduate Students

Yih Tyng (Rita) Bong, Ph.D. Candidate


Melissa BolotaoloMelissa Bolotaolo, Graduate Student Researcher

Melissa is a 4th year graduate student from the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry graduate group. She received her B.S. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and is an active board member in NorCal SETAC. Her specialties and research interests include analytical chemistry via GC-MS, method development, exposure studies with cyanotoxins, and oxidative stress. Her current projects include quantification of microcystins in sediment and clam tissue in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta as well as oxidative stress and microcystin bioaccumulation of rainbow trout co-exposed to microcystin and fluridone. Prior research experience includes enzyme kinetics of lipoxygenases and bacterial fermentation for bioprocessing pharmaceuticals.


Alejandro Triana Garcia, Ph.D. Candidate



Chelsea Lam, Graduate Student Researcher


Charlene Lujan, Graduate Student Researcher