Who we are:

We are scientists and engineers. We are real people with real experience in real research. And we are brought together every year with a common passion for STEM and a common goal of bringing out the best for the high school students we mentor. 

Leadership & Administration

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Director of Operations

David Linnevers

Over two decades of experience in working in higher education administration and admissions at institutions such as UCLA Medical School. Holds an M.B.A and is the Vice President of Enrollment Management with Plexuss, Inc.

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Director of Research & Development

Edward Njoo

Experienced organic chemist, educator, scientist, and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed papers in biochemistry, chemical biology, and organic synthesis. 

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Director of Educational Outreach

Ankur Gupta

Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, current M.D. candidate at Louisville. Experienced molecular and cell biologist passionate about translational science and biomedical education.

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Board Member

Phil Mui

Phil Mui, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Technology in Salesforce, and of the Office of the CTO.  He received his S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT, and an M.Phil as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford.

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Director of Admissions

Jimmy Qian

Current M.D. candidate at Stanford Medical School, several years of research experience in theoretical systems biology. Holds an M.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Chair of CS & Engineering

Four decades of experience in the high-tech and data systems industry (3COM, IBM, etc.) and as a professor and instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit the Downing Research website.

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Director of Communications

Avery Kruger

Ecologist and marine wildlife scientist with extensive research experience in ecology, evolution, and marine biology. Avery has previously been editor in chief of our student journal.

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Chair, Biological & Life Sciences

Sahar Jahanikia

Experienced neuroimaging researcher and data analyst with knowledge in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Behavioral Sciences, Design Thinking, and Bioinformatics.

OCF Board of Directors

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Board President

Joni Jen

Educator and founder of Olive Children Foundation with over a decade of experience in education and in community service in the Fremont and greater East Bay Area.

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Board Member

Sara Mithra

Sara completed her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz and a Master's degree at UC Berkeley in literature and creative writing.

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Board Member

Tammy Long

Tammy holds a Master's of Education from CSU East Bay and a Master's in Christian Formation from North Park Seminary. 

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Board Member

Edward Njoo

Experienced organic chemist, educator, scientist, and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed papers in biological and organic chemistry.

 

Research Investigators

Robert Downing

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Data Science & Macine Learning

Four decades of experience in the high-tech and data systems industry (3COM, IBM, etc.) and as a professor and instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Phil Mui

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Computer Science

Phil Mui, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Technology in Salesforce, and of the Office of the CTO.  He received his S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT, and an M.Phil as aa Marshall Scholar at Oxford.

Ankur Gupta

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Molecular & Cell Biology

Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, current M.D. candidate at Louisville. Experienced molecular and cell biologist passionate about translational science and biomedical education.

Scott Clark

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Organic Chemistry

Scott Clark is an experienced synthetic organic chemist. Research in the Clark laboratory focuses on complex molecule synthesis.

Harman Brah

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Computational & Structural Biophysics

Experienced biochemist at UCSD Medicine; former scientist at UCSF who specializes in computational biochemistry & drug discovery. Oversees admissions process.

Andrew Benson

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Marine Biology

Marine Biologist and researcher interested in the effects of ocean acidification and warming on Zostera marina and on the seagrass epifauna.

Michael Amadi

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Synthetic Biology, Biotechnology

Michael is an experienced biologist with several years of industry and academic research experience. He is also the founder of Jikoro Sciences, a local biotech startup. The Amadi lab focuses on integrating biochemistry and synthetic biology towards solving biomedical and agritech issues of today.

Gayathri Renganathan

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Medicinal Biochemistry

Gayathri obtained her M.Pharm at Anna University and has served as a lecturer in Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry, and in her area of expertise, medicinal biochemistry.

Sahar Jahanikia

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Neuroimaging, Bioinformatics

Experienced neuroimaging researcher and data analyst with knowledge in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Behavioral Sciences, Design Thinking, and Bioinformatics. Extensive experience in designing, collecting, and analyzing state of art neuroimaging studies using all forms of modality (fMRI, NIRS, EEG, simultaneous EEG-fMRI). Co-author of  multiple neuroimaging research papers.

Sam Fendell

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Machine Learning, Software

UC Berkeley graduate with several years experience as a software engineer at Google and Amazon. Interested in using machine learning to classify and analyze real-world problems.

Nicholas Papano

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Computer Science & Engineering

Software engineer with enthusiasm for making mechanical products to improve the human quality of life. The Papano group has engineered everything from turbine blades to keyboards.

Suresh Subramaniam

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Data Science 

Seasoned executive and data scientist with experience in managing large operations and applying data science to solve business problems.

Asmita Dani

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Electrical Engineering, RF Physics

Dr. Dani holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. Her research expertise straddles the bounds of EE and radiofrequency physics.

Larry McMahan

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Quantum Physics

Dr. McMahan holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rice, and has four decades of experience in industry (Hewlett-Packard) and in academia as a professor. 

Edward Njoo

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Organic & Medicinal Chemistry

Experienced organic chemist, educator, scientist, and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed papers in biochemistry, chemical biology, and organic synthesis. 

Avery Kruger

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Ecology & Evolution

Ecologist and marine wildlife scientist with several years of research experience in ecology, evolution, and marine biology. 

Soumya Suresh

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Genetics & Environmental Studies

Experienced biologist and scientist interested in applying the tools of genetics and molecular biology to study ecological and botanical systems.

Clinton Cunha

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Bioinformatics

Bioinformatician, biologist, and instructor who knows how to deal with different types of biological data to derive meaningful relationships using Python, SAS, R and Unix.

Neelima Sangeneni

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Materials Science

Neelima is a materials scientist with an expertise in Nanomaterial fabrication, characterization and failure analysis. She interested in research on sustainable materials and processes used to enhance quality of life without harming our environment.

Karishma Johnson

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Data Science and Ecology

Experienced statistician interested in using data analysis to understand complex systems relevant in environmental studies. 

Prabhjeet Kaur

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Genetics, Microbiology

Adjunct professor at Evergreen Valley College; experienced geneticist interested in studying fungi species dispersed throughout the SF Bay Area.

Omar Amer

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Civil Engineering

Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Civil Engineering Department at Clemson University. Ph.D. from Clemson University and a Master's degree from San Diego State University. My research focuses on the sustainability of construction materials and finding beneficial uses of industrial wastes in construction.

Raymond Chen

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Analytical Chemistry

Raymond is an experienced analytical chemist with several years of industry experience in pharmaceutical chemistry. His group at ASDRP focuses on the development and implementation of methods on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as a method of stability testing in small molecules.

Akira Yamamoto

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Biomaterials Engineering

Akira received his M.Sc. from Shinsyu University in Materials Engineering and has served as the Director of Materials Science & Engineering at BioPharmX prior to coming to ASDRP. The Yamamoto group at ASDRP performs research in biomaterials engineering.

Calvin Leung

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Quantum Mechanics & Physics

Former engineer on Falcon 9 at SpaceX, and currently pursuing a PhD at MIT in studying fast radioburst signals, quantum communication, and searching for dark matter with atomic clocks. 

Joseph Laurienzo

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Computer Science & Applied Math

Joseph received his BS in math and physics and MS in applied math from Case Western Reserve University, along with a BA in Japanese, and has collaborated with the University of Tokyo in condensed matter physics. Joseph’s research interests include the application of novel mathematical techniques in the assessment of brain activity patterns to construct cognitive models, as well as game theory. Joseph’s personal interests include world literature, Jiu Jitsu, and competitive Esport

Staff & Facility Managers

 
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Laboratory Manager;

Chemistry Specialist

Saly Mamani

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Laboratory Manager,

Life Science Specialist

Icela Bernal

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Laboratory Manager,

Physical Science Specialist

Lydia Chew

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Laboratory Technician

Haojin Chen

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Laboratory Manager, Life Science Specialist

Jordan Bunnell

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Head Lecturer,

Computer Science & Engineering

Dennis Liu

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Technical Specialist,

Computer Science & Engineering

Jesse Jen

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Laboratory Manager,

Lab Hygeine &  Safety Coordinator

Neville Bosco

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Laboratory Technician

Tom Scrutton

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Lecturer, Biological, human, and life sciences

Victoria Schmit