Extended Research Program

Learn scientific thinking, systematic literature review & writing.

Now accepting applications for 2024 extended research program (ERP) for high school & exceptional middle school students.
ERP is a 12 week online research program for academically-motivated students interested in biomedical sciences. It places a strong emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills, empowering students to undertake independent projects and contribute to ongoing scientific inquiries. ERP fellows will conduct research under guidance of an established scientist research track record.

We strive to provide early exposure to motivated and driven students to the exciting world of cutting-edge scientific research. Students learn skills such as systematic literature review, scientific writing, rational thinking, overcoming bias, differentiating between causation and correlation , statistical considerations etc.
Gain expertise in a topic: We teach and research the latest discoveries and breakthroughs in various fields of biomedicine. Advance your knowledge about cutting-edge research in the field of your interest.
Stand out for admissions: Get a head start on college-level research and writing.

Research Tracks

Molecular Medicine and Genomics
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Our students have an early start and are much better prepared to pursue their research in their colleges, institutions, or over the years in high school.

Once an Elio student - you always have access to our mentors, vast set of resources, and alumni students who have gone over to have successful careers.

Elio Support for Students

Topic Selection & Research
  • Students form a research group or team with their instructors and assume responsibility for a project. They learn techniques, applications, hypothesis-driven research, and scientific writing.

  • Learn scientific principles of research, writing and presentation.

Logical Deductions
  • Rational thinking and systematic review of the research topic.

  • Learning to differentiate knowledge from perception bias.

  • Statistical considerations in generalizing concepts comprehensive understanding.

Assistance and Insights
  • Guided conduct of research.

  • Learning about technologies and methodologies in biomed field.

  • Identifying relevant data sets and tools for specific study.

  • Insight into topic prioritization.

  • ERP Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a publication, research poster, and featured website.

  • Outperforming students are presented with an award at the closing symposium and recommendation letters for forthcoming applications.

How does Program work?

For the duration of the course, the students form research groups amongst themselves or carry out an individual study, under the mentorship of dedicated expert. ERP fellows learn techniques, applications, hypothesis-driven research, and scientific writing.
Research is conducted in small focused-group setting for a deeper dive.
The ERP focuses on some recent breakthroughs and enables deeper understanding of the topic and field. Our tool gallery that enables students toexplore topics individually and collaboratively.
Advance your knowledge about cutting-edge research in the field of your interest.

Student Benefits

Mentorship from Subject Experts

Mentoring from established scientists in the field of biomedical research. Small group allows students to develop rapport with instructors and opportunity for in-depth research

Polished Manuscript & Posters

A review/ publication to showcase the learnings and aptitude of the student for prospective admissions and other opportunities

Early Exposure to Research

ERP provides guidance tailored to your unique academic aspirations. Most of our ERP fellows are ready to conduct part-time research in their college laboratories in their freshman year.

Build Profile to Support College Applications

Colleges value students who think forward and thereby invest time and effort into building a knowledge base. Ivy league colleges look for that spark and passion that can set the students apart from their peers.

Our several past ERP fellows are part of research laboratories in their home colleges and are doing very well at UCB, MIT, Yale etc. Our fellows identify their own aptitude for their future education.
By the ERP course completion, the students develop a good understanding of biomedical science. The exposure gained equip them with better foresight for the educational journey ahead.
Lastly, as a part of this nurturing community our students will have access to all our instructors, alumni, and fellow students to discuss and ask questions long after the course completion.

Recent ERP Student Projects

TERT Shelterin Complex


Neerja Bathla
(Keystone School)

Melanoma accounts for 1.7% of global cancer diagnoses and is the fifth most common cancer in the USIt has risen in developed countries with a majorly fair-skinned population.This project studies the hypothesis that telomerase rever transcriptase (TERT) and shelterin complex (TERF1/2) gene mutations will be present in Melanoma patients, and that the presence of these mutations will lead to a poorer prognosis in melanoma patients.

Science Fair Winner
Triple Negative Breast Cancer


Sadhika Pendyala
(The Quarry Lane School)

Triple Negative Breast Cancer is unique because of its lack of HER2, estrogen, and progesterone receptors present in tumors. This limitation greatly reduces treatment options because conventional therapeutic strategies, such as hormone-based treatments and inhibitors, are inefficient and lack efficacy. The identification of distinct TNBC subtypes, such as those associated with BRCA mutations or dysregulated PI3K/AKT pathways, opens avenues for personalized treatments.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Jaein Kho
(Chinese International School)

The progressive loss of CD4+ T-cells within a host due to an outside pathogen leads to a severe immunodeficiency disease called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). As a result, HIV patients are more likely to acquire pathogens from an oncological or infectious nature, and pose lethal threats to the body

Pancreatic Cancer and Therapeutics


Katelyn Gelle
(Del Norte High School)

In familial pancreatic cancer, there exists a kindred which contains at least a pair of first-degree relatives who were affected with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Roughly 5 to 10 percent of patients suffering from pancreatic adenocarcinoma have this aspect. Half of these with familial pancreatic cancer are male, and the average age at diagnosis of affected members is younger than the usual.

Brain Tumor


Mounami Reddy Kayitha
(Aragon High School)

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant of brain tumors, classified as a grade IV glioma that originates in glial tissue. GBMs have a low median survival rate of 15 months, despite surgery and treatment with a chemotherapy drug. The reasons for this low overall survival rate is because of GBM heterogeneity and differing mutational profiles within the tumor itself.

Multiple Sclerosis


Abhisri Korrapati
(Allen D. Nease High School)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease resulting from demyelination, dangerous areas of the central nervous system (CNS) such as the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. MS is characterized by the destruction of myelin, the sheath that insulates the axon of a nerve, interrupting communication signals in the brain.

Application Process

Applications are open now. To apply, please complete the online form along with recommendation letter.
Limited scholarship available for financially deserving students.

Activities & Credits

Poster Making
Students learn to make high quality science posters & hone their presentation skills.
Learn to draft scientific write-ups with clear and convincing narratives.
Outstanding students also get opportunities for long-term projects with mentors.

Your question is not 'just a question'

Behind lies wonder & perhaps Unbound Interest!

Be curious. Knowledge can change your world.

We at ELIO believe in setting you on your career path by planting that seed of knowledge and curiosity.

Past Experiences

What Our Students Say


Elio Academy has been a part of my life for the past two years, and I am so grateful for all of the opportunities in biomedical research that it has given me. I participated in a summer program for two weeks in 2022, and I am part of the Extended Fall Research Program in 2023. Both programs have taught me so much, and enhanced my knowledge of biomedical research. The instructors are engaging, accommodating, and helpful, and the overall program is extremely informative and just a really amazing opportunity. I highly recommend this program, as it has helped me scientifically in many ways, and forced me to think and ask questions. Elio Academy has shaped me as a scientist, student, and researcher, and I cherish and appreciate everything that it has given me.

Neerja Bathla

Keystone School, San Antonio


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