The environmental science program at Oak Crest utilizes fundamental chemistry methods to address important air and water quality problems confronting society today. Oak Crest develops novel techniques for detecting toxic trace pollutants in the air and biological particulates in water, for example. Our research leads to meaningful policy changes and improves the quality of life for the general public.
The biomedical research at Oak Crest produces groundbreaking advances in drug formulations that are urgently needed to overcome inadequate disease treatment and prevention in the developing world. Oak Crest successfully develops new ways to deliver antiviral drugs that prevent disease transmission and improve patient compliance.
The fundamental chemistry research supporting all laboratory programs generates advanced instrumentation for environmental monitoring and chemical detection. The instruments are designed to be low-cost, high-performing, and customizable. Oak Crest designs and develops detection devices that improve how research can be done in the field and how clinical work can be performed.
Oak Crest was established in 1998 with the goal of providing an academic science research environment accessible to students from a wide range of educational levels: high school to post graduate. It is Oak Crest’s vision that a small, intimate research institute could be highly complementary to established institutions of higher education in conducting rigorous, relevant science research while broadening the participation of underrepresented groups (by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic standing) in science.
Today, Oak Crest serves as a valuable resource to local educators, students, and schools. Through its outreach programs, Oak Crest enhances science education in its community, working to increase science literacy, engagement, career interest and preparedness among students in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Educational outreach programs at Oak Crest from 2007 – 2015 have included:
- Community College Internship Programs
- High School and Teacher Internship Programs
- High School Teacher Professional Development
- Science Equipment/Curriculum Enrichment Programs for Local Classrooms
- Supporting the local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Community
Today, Oak Crest is considered to be a valuable resource to the residents–individual, municipal, and commercial–of Pasadena and its surrounding cities. Oak Crest serves as a catalyst within the local community to increase science literacy and awareness of research by direct interaction of Oak Crest scientists with the community through seminars, workshops, and other programming.