Student Colloquia

Every week, some of our senior researchers in each department at ASDRP give public seminar presenting the current state of the field, and disseminating how their research at ASDRP fits into the broader context of the frontiers of modern science and engineering. Colloquia are public events, and anyone can join. Simply click the Google Calendar link to add the event to your calendar.

Department of Biological, Human & Life Sciences

Tuesdays @ 8:00 - 9:00 PM PST

Tuesday, January  12, 2021

Exploring the Potential Allergens in Dimocarpus longan

An allergic reaction is the immune system’s mechanism of defense against an unknown substance that has entered the body. Around 32 million individuals across the United States alone are affected by food allergies. While this is a significant number, a countless amount of allergens (the substance responsible for causing allergic reactions) in various types of foods remain unidentified. Among these is Dimocarpus longan, a round fruit similar to lychee (Litchi chinensis) which originates from eastern Asia. Through case studies and studying fruit closely related to Dimocarpus longan, our research explores the possibility that longan’s allergen is a type of actin-binding protein known as profilin. In addition to investigating this idea, the current research being conducted in the field of food allergies and immunotherapy will also be discussed, as well as the direction our own research is moving toward this coming semester.




Shreya L., Dougherty Valley High School

Suresh Research Group

Genetics, Environmental Science

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics

Fridays @ 8:00 - 9:00 PM PST

Friday, January 15, 2021

Development of Novel Dihydropyridine Inhibitors of Kinesin Eg5 as Potential Anti-Cancer Agents.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and a result of uncontrolled cellular replication, leading to tumors and harming surrounding cells. A common approach in cancer treatment is the development of drugs that inhibit the mitotic phase of cell division. One such example is monastrol, a cell-permeable compound known to allosterically inhibit the activity of the mitotic motor protein Kinesin Eg5. However, monastrol doesn’t display much antimitotic activity, so the discovery and synthesis of structural variants with greater anti-proliferative activity have significant medical potential. Here, a brief coverage of the history of cancer drug discovery will be surveyed, as well as current progress in the design of dihydropyrimidine compounds as potential anticancer agents, both in our laboratory and in other groups involved in the field.



Amelyn P., Dublin High School

Njoo Research Group

Organic, Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Wednesdays @ 8:00 - 9:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A Proposed Mapping of the Voynich Alphabet to an Indo-European Language and new Findings Concerning Sanskrit and Arabic Languages.

Folios 4r and 4v of the Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious codex, written in an unknown language during the 15th century, contain various illustrations of plants, believed to hold medicinal and/ or religious significance. The manuscript is important since it can reveal novel remedies to common diseases and plants that were previously undiscovered, contributing to new medical information for our consumption. The manuscript is theorized to be written in a derivative of a Proto-Indo-European language, with Latin and Italian being the primarily researched possibilities. Recently, however, a new theory of the Voynich manuscript being encoded in a mix of Sanskrit / Arabic has surfaced, which is historically sound, since during this time period, trade across the Silk Road was flourishing allowing for cultures and languages to be spread. Additionally, the Ottoman Empire was in its glory days, making Turkish languages the languages of the world. We are currently looking into drawing more similarities between the Voynich manuscript and characters from Sanskrit and Arabic, opening a new avenue for further research.   




Rhea S., American High School

Downing Research Group

Machine Learning, Data Science

Past Colloquia

Week of  January  3, 2021

Week of  December 13, 2020

Week of December 6, 2020

Week of November 29, 2020

Week of November 22, 2020

Week of November 15, 2020

Week of November 8, 2020

Week of November 1, 2020

Week of October 25, 2020

Life Science Research & Development Laboratory:

46307 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539

Engineering Research Laboratory:

46249 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539

General Inquiries:


Telephone: 1(510)371-4831

© Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program 2021, All rights reserved.

ASDRP is a production of Olive Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Fremont, California.

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • YouTube