Facilities & Instrumentation

ASDRP is proud to provide students with a state-of-the-art laboratory. Our lab is better equipped than many biotech or university laboratories: we provide over $2 million worth of advanced apparatus. The equipment and lab space we provide to students cannot be found anywhere else outside of professional laboratories.


Main Administration & Classroom Building

43505 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539

Research & Development Laboratory

46307 Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539


Our wet lab facilities lie within the Warm Springs Innovation District in Fremont: our space was previously occupied by a drug discovery company, and our neighbors are all biotech companies. Additionally, ASDRP operates four Dell PowerEdge servers available for remote access to computational research. 

All of our research facilities operate on the same standards as our neighboring biotechnology and pharmaceutical R&D laboratories. As a predominantly research-orented institution, our laboratories are devoted 24/7, 365 days a year for our researchers to perform scientific research.

At a Glance

3,100+ sq. ft. wet lab

3,500+ sq. ft. administration 

& classroom building

40 research-grade instruments

industry-grade Dell servers

10 meeting/conference rooms

$2M in equipment & apparatus

Want to check us out? Email us at laboratory@asdrp.org to schedule a tour.

A peak at our laboratory capabilities:

Nanalysis NMReady 60 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer

Our NMR spectrometer is used for characterization of small molecules. Our instrument is the only NMR in the U.S. dedicated for use by high school students and is capable of 1H, homonuclear COSY, and nutation experiments. 

Perkin Elmer Lambda 11 UV-visible spectrophotometer

ASDRP operates six research grade UV-vis spectrophotometers; this one is capable of high-resolution absorbance measurements, time-resolved kinetics, and stray wavelength precision down to a tenth of a nanometer.

Rudolph Instruments Optical Polarimeter

One of our two polarimeters, this instrument is capable of measuring optical rotation of plane-polarized light by chiral compounds. Our chemists and biochemists use this to study chirality in macromolecular structure and enantiopure small molecules.

Rotary Evaporators - a.k.a. "Rotavap"

Rotary evaporators are used by chemists in the gentle removal of volatile solvents under reduced pressure in the purification process of small molecules. Our chemistry laboratory has four rotary evaportators (Buchi) equipped with two-stage rotary vacuum pumps.

Thermo Labsystems Multiskan MS Plate Reader

One of three 96-well plate readers, this instrument is designed to provide rapid screening of colorimetric optical reporters, allowing our scientists to probe hundreds of conditions for biological activity in just minutes. 

BioTek MicroQuant Fluorescence Plate Reader

Our MicroQuant instrument is capable of both fluorescence and absorbance experiments, enabling the rapid collection of large amounts of spectroscopic data for high-throughput screening of biomolecules.

Analogix IntelliFlash 280 Automated Chromatography

Our IntelliFlash system is used for purification of compounds out of complex reaction mixtures. It uses disposable silica gel normal phase or reverse phase chromatography columns with a built-in UV detector to track elution of UV-active compounds.

Hoefer Scientific DNA Fluorometer

Our Hoefer florometer is built to measure extremely low concentrations of DNA by using a UV lamp to track fluoresence of DNA nucleotide bases. This is useful for biochemists seeking to quantify DNA concentration.

Dynex Opsys MR Microplate Reader

Our Opsys MR microplate reader is built in with functions for biochemical quantification and for high-throughput screening of fluorescent optical reporters. 

Laminar Flow Hoods & Tissue culture / cell culture space

Our biosciences lab has two laminar flow hoods, which are designed to maintain a sterile environment and keep contaminants out of cell cultures and cell lines. 

Thermo Electron Spectronic Genesys 5 UV-visible spectrophotometer

Our Thermo Spectronic Genesys 5 spectrophotometer comes equipped with a wide range of detection capabilities and can be used for kinetic monitoring for reactions. 

Thermo Scientific Nicolet iS5 Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectrometer

The FT-IR spectrometer is equipped with an iD5 attenuated total reflectance (ATR) sample assembly, and is used for vibrational spectroscopy to characterize molecules and materials. IR spectra capture bond vibrational modes.

BioRad SmartSpec 3000 UV-visible spectrophotometer

ASDRP operates six research-grade UV-vis spectrophotometers. Our BioRad instrument is capable of time-resolved kinetics, full differential scan analysis, and quantification of biological macromolecules such as DNA and protein

High-Throughput Computing Server & Cluster

Our two servers are industry grade Dell Poweredge machines equipped with 48 core Xeon processors, 64 GB RAM, and 10 TB memory. This is used for powerful computing capabilities, ranging from quantum mechanical calculations to time-resolved molecular dynamics simlulations.

Millipore MilliQ Ultra High Purity Water System

Sometimes, de-ionized water simply isn't good enough! Our MilliQ Water purification systems makes sure that the aqueous environments our biochemists use to study proteins and nucleic acids meet the highest level of quality control, with filters to remove even trace impurities.

Synthesis Fume Hoods

Chemistry sometimes generates fumes and volatiles that are best to keep away from our student scientists. We have six heavy-duty synthesis fume hoods which duct air away from experimentalists. Three are equipped with carbon filters to remove volatiles from the air.

Princeton Applied Research Scanning Potentiostat

Our research-grade PAR potentiostat is used for cyclic voltammetry experiments, and allows chemists and physicists to probe redox states of particles in solution and to characterize metal ion oxidation states.

3-dimensional Laser Cutter

Our physicists and engineers use our industry-grade laser cutter to build custom-shaped and custom-sized components out of any material imaginable. The instrument uses a high-power laser to carve contours out of material.

Pelton & Crane High-Pressure Autoclave

To create super-sterile equipment and solutions, our biologists and biochemists use this autoclave to superheat solutions to temperatures upwards of 300 degrees and pressures up to 3,100 torr. 

Bausch and Lomb Melting Point Apparatus

Melting point is often used to determine the purity of a substance, and our melting point apparatus is used by extraction chemists to determine if there are impurities in their material.

721 UV-visible-near infrared spectrophotometers

We have two twin instruments that are capable of measuring single wavelength absorbances at a range from 350 nm to 1150 nm. This can be used to monitor reaction kinetics, or to obtain specific absorbances along an absorption profile of a substance. 

Thermo LC Packings Ultimate High Performace Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

High-performace liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a method for the separation and purification of small molecules from a mixture. Our HPLC is outfitted for even the most challenging separations and has a built-in UV detector. 

Research & Development Laboratory:

46307 Warm Springs Blvd.

Fremont, CA 94539

General Inquiries: asdrp.admin@asdrp.org

Admissions: admissions@asdrp.org

Telephone: 1(510)371-4831

© Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program 2020, All rights reserved.

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

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