SLS FALL 2019: ARE HERBS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL OR DID GRANDMA LIE?
- Date: 09/24/2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
- Location: CS 177
ARE HERBS ACTUALLY BENEFICIAL OR
DID GRANDMA LIE?
CYNTHIA AVEDIAN, DION CHANG, MELANIS GHADIMI,
CHANTAL KASBARIAN, DAVID POGOSYAN,
LILIT VARDANYAN, TENNY VASGANIAN
GCC CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
12:30−1:30PM • CS 177
FLEX CREDIT AVAILABLE
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by William Gohlke, in memory of OLE W. GOHLKE and STEPHANNE A. GOHLKE
Plants have been used in folk medicine to treat various ailments. In recent decades, scientists started to look at the scientific confirmation of some of these claims. In this project, the students collected, dried, macerated and examined over 120 plants such as herbs, flowers, fruits, seeds, to evaluate the correlation between the antioxidant and antibacterial properties of these plants and their chemical composition. Quantitative and qualitative tests were performed on all selected plants, and the winning candidates were selected to proceed with further analysis. The most promising plant family were flowers, and the best performing candidate were peony flower petals.
Asmik Oganesyan (mentor) is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at GCC. She brings to GCC years of research experience. Inspired by the successful results of the innovative projects of the robotics club, she founded the hands-on undergraduate research program for science majors in 2010. Since then, she has trained over hundred forty students to design, model, synthesize and characterize novel organic molecules with biological applications. Many students continued their path to graduate school and are now in prestigious Ph.D. programs. Students have presented multiple times at national and regional ACS conferences and have been praised for their creativity, motivation, and solid results.
Cynthia Avedian is a third year student at Glendale Community College with the major of Chemistry B.S. Upon the completion of all the chemistry courses, she has participated in Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Research twice and plans to continue on with independent synthetic research throughout the academic year. This program gave Cynthia a rare opportunity to explore a branch of chemistry topics which will likely lead her to a career in Research & Development.
Dion Chang is a former chef pursuing his MS in Food Science. Organic chemistry research, with a focus on antioxidant studies from natural sources, has given him the opportunity to systematically analyze and scrutinize the alluded health benefits of homeopathic remedies. The techniques learned will be easily translated to his desired career field in Food R&D. Dion is completing his prerequisite classes at Glendale Community College and is applying to Cal Poly Pomona to complete his studies.
Melanis Ghadimi just transferred to UCLA as a biology major. She started her academic journey at GCC three years ago. She has been involved in several college activities such as a president of EOPS Club for two consecutive semesters, a math and chemistry tutor, an SI leader for organic chemistry, and a biology undergraduate research program participant. She highly values the research lab because what was learned in the classroom starts to gain color and becomes more apparent and tangible. Beyond any doubt, her long-term career goal as a physician-scientist will be to dedicate all her waking hours to uncovering the mysteries behind diseases, combined with treating patients in a clinical setting.
Chantal Kasbarian’s major is Biology and she hopes to become a pharmacist. Her undergraduate research opportunity at GCC with Mrs. O in the winter and summer grew her interest in organic chemistry and pharmacy. Research was a fun experience where she learned different lab techniques and expanded her knowledge in the chemistry world. Research expanded her interest in the synthesis of drugs.
David Pogosyan is a former Glendale Community College student currently completing a Bachelors in Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). David began his tenure at Glendale Community College as a member of the Scholars Program and eventually helped lead students in their pursuit of excellence in academia. During his last two years, he helped conduct and lead research. His passion for discovery has been a catalyst for his pursuit into the study of naturopathic medicine, a rapidly growing field. Working in lab settings and conducting research with Mrs. Oganesyan has solidified his enthusiasm for continual learning. David plans to continue studying and conducting research about the healing properties of natural products at UCLA and hopes to one day open his own practice as a naturopathic doctor.
Lilit Vardanyan is a pre-medical student, who is immensely interested in fields of research that intertwine the worlds of organic chemistry and biology to impact human health. During her time in GCC, being part of Organic Chemistry research further solidified her intentions of implementing research in her future studies and career. This undergraduate research opportunity taught her the importance and beauty of organic chemistry. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, Lilit will continue her academic journey at the University of California, San Diego studying Human Biology and advancing her involvement in research.
Tenny Vasghanian is currently studying Psychobiology at Glendale Community College. She plans to transfer to the University of California Los Angeles in Fall of 2020 where she will complete her bachelor's degree. Tenny aspires to pursue a career in the medical field as a pediatrician. This research has allowed her to gain perspective on what research entails along with enhancing her techniques in the laboratory. As she continues to hone her lab skills, she can continue to use her experience gained from previous research courses to assist and guide prospective students who are new to the field of research. This project has broadened her understanding of the process of synthesis and how substances interact with one another to form new compounds. In addition, it will allow her to explore her career goal in the medical sciences by researching for her undergraduate studies.