Student Staff

Aditi Chattopadhyay (Peer Reviewer)

Aditi Chattopadhyay is a senior at Upper Saint Clair High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a keen interest in bioinformatics, computational biology, and immunology. Aditi has been engaged in scientific research since 7th grade and her science projects have won first place awards in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional and State Competitions for four consecutive years. As an Alum of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Summer Academy, Aditi has been working on exploring complex questions in cancer research through experiments in the emerging field of cancer immunotherapy. Aditi is also interested in the application of mathematical algorithms and statistics in Big Data analysis and is the founder and president of her high school’s Data Science Club – a club dedicated to exposing high school students to data mining and analysis. In her spare time, she enjoys staying on top of scientific advancements through social media and hours of Internet surfing, playing the piano, bingeing on movies and TV Shows, and making up lost hours of sleep.

Adnan Contractor (Peer Reviewer)

Adnan is a sophomore at Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey. He has a strong passion for molecular biology and genetics and has demonstrated this with his participation in Rutgers University's DNA Sequencing Analysis Program and the USA Biology Olympiad. He aspires to major in biotechnology and/or genomic sequencing studies after high school, researching the potential of stem cell based therapies and cancer treatment. He serves as an editor for his school newspaper and an executive board member of his school's Neuroscience Club (associated with the International Brain Bee). He also participates in Track and Field and is an avid Shakespeare lover.

Akhila Gundavelli (Peer Reviewer)

Akhila Gundavelli is a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, California. Her interests are in the areas of biomedical research and biotechnology and she hopes to pursue a  career as a researcher in genetics. Akhila’s hobbies include art, dance (which she has been pursuing for 7 years) and Tae kwon do. She enjoys playing badminton and volunteering in her free time.

Alexander Zureick (Peer Reviewer)

Alex Zureick is a senior at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has a strong interest in the field of biology and recently participated in eye research on cortical cataract formation. In addition to serving the NHSJS, he is an editor-in-chief on his school's newspaper, The Crane Clarion. His other interests include competitive swimming and playing the violin. He plans to pursue a career in a health related field.

Amanda Feldman (Peer Reviewer)

Amanda Feldman is currently a junior at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston, Texas. Her interests include the fields of biology, specifically genetics, as well as astrology and environmental sustainability. In her future, Amanda would like to study environmental sustainability and work to implement it into public policy. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family, and volunteering.

Angie Liu (Peer Reviewer)

Angela Liu is a senior at Polytechnic School.  She is a member of Polytechnic Science Olympia team and loves science.  She invented a new thermostat and published it in the 2014 NHSJS.  She interned at Caltech Micro-electro-mechanical systems Laboratory on diabetic retinopathy for two summers and received AP Scholar with Distinction Award.  Her poem was selected as a "Topical Winner" in 2015 American High School Poets competition.  She received both Gold and Silver Medals on National Spanish Examinations.  She also earned two Silver Keys of 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  She is the founder and president of the non-profit organization “Blind Light Foundation” which received 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist award and Daily Point of Light award from former president George HW Bush.  She enjoys playing flute and golf.  She received the first place at the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, SYMF Open Baroque and Open American.  She is a member of the Girls Golf Varsity Team.  In 2014, she was named Prep League MVP and placed 1st at Prep League Golf finals.

Annasimone Andrawis (Peer Reviewer)

Annasimone Andrawis is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. Biology has been a passionate subject of Annasimone, ever since she was in Junior High School and was accepted into the Junior Fellows program. In this program, she completed a research project on genetic mutations in the p53 gene due to smoking. Now, her focus is specifically on Neuroscience, which she currently researches hand motor control function for those with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at her local university, in order to aid in their rehabilitation and quality of life. She is also part of the Science, Engineering and Research Program at her school, that teaches her to complete college level reports and participate in peer review. Annasimone is also passionate about the field of chemistry, and is the captain of her chemistry team for science olympiad. She has won medals and certificates in chemistry events and was awarded by the chemistry society. Annasimone is also involved with a 501(c)(3) international organization called the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation that helps those with spinal cord disorders by making research readily available and raises money to help find a cure. She has ultimately founded the Disability Awareness Club in her school to raise teen awareness and raise extra funds for organizations. Since her passions are to ultimately interact with patients with disabilities and to learn more about the research that is being completed, she has also become a part of the Young Women in Bio Program hosted at Weil Cornell Medical College that teaches women about pursuing fields in medicine.

Ashley Yoon (Peer Reviewer)

Ashley Yoon is currently a junior at Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS). Her hobbies include playing the violin, speaking, volunteering, running, writing, reading, and most importantly, sleeping. She has won numerous awards for violin, has participated in a national orchestra, and is a proud speaker who has been in finals for several national Forensics tournaments. As an officer in the club International Justice Mission, she is an active and passionate advocate for justice, as well as a person who has enough perseverance and dedication to be in Varsity Cross Country. Parallel to her passion for violin, Forensics, and justice is her love for science. She wants to study and work in a health-related field someday, and hopes to participate in a research project during her internship next summer.

Benjamin Wong (Peer Reviewer)

Benjamin Wong is a senior at Jericho High School in Jericho, NY. As a founding member and current Co-Captain of Jericho High School's Science Olympiad team, Ben has been exposed to a multitude of science and engineering topics, ideas, and fields. Ben is also a founder of a high school environmental group called AQUASORB that aims to fight water pollution by heavy-metal contamination in unique, eco-friendly ways. With background experience working in chemical engineering and structural biology research, Ben is always open to learning the newest breakthroughs in all corners of science and engineering. Besides having a passion for science and technology, Ben is a piano teacher, an English tutor, and is always eager to help others in any way possible. He is also a member of Jericho High School's Cross Country team, and enjoys making videos in his free time.

Benson Law (Peer Reviewer)

Benson Law is currently a senior at Richmond Hill High School in Ontario, Canada looking into entering a biomedical science undergraduate program in preparation for medical school. Benson has been an avid member of his high school biology club and currently the acting co-president. He also serves on the science council training younger students for science competitions at the district, provincial, and national level. He is currently part of a research team at the Hospital for Sick Children, one of the premier pediatric research institutes in the world. Benson is currently working in the gastroenterology hepatology and nutrition department and his main interest is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the safety of liver biopsies. When not conducting research, he operates his own contracting company that caters towards benefiting low-middle income households and regularly enjoys moderating pre-medical forums and giving helpful advice to other students.

Bradford Lin (Peer Reviewer)

Bradford Lin is a junior at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Bradford is passionate about earth and environmental sciences and serves as a Staff Editor for his school's science research journal. In the past, he has conducted original field research on ecosystem services and water contaminants. This past summer, Bradford investigated the environmental and medical impacts of certain pesticides at SUNY Old Westbury. Bradford has also conducted research on tree lines in the Canadian Sub-Arctic to provide further evidence for global warming. In addition to research, Bradford is passionate about serving his community. He volunteers for a charity run by children focused on bringing joy to the less fortunate in his community. He also serves as a junior volunteer at North Shore University Hospital and is an active member of his school’s Solar Energy Club, which constructs solar suitcases to send to poorer parts of the world as an alternative energy source. During his free time, Bradford enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends and family.

Caroline Chen (Peer Reviewer)

Caroline Chen is a student at Jericho High School on Long Island, New York. She has a strong passion for STEM and is an avid member of Science Olympiad and Mathletes. She loves to learn about the myriad fields of STEM through online courses and through the science honors program at a local university. As a researcher studying cancer metabolism, she has gained life-changing experiences and acquired skills in the laboratory to assist her in achieving her goals of pursuing research in molecular biology and genetic engineering in the future. Outside of STEM, Caroline enjoys volunteering in her community, tutoring her peers, playing the piano, and learning new languages. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s Chinese Honor Society online newspaper and the Assistant Editor of her school’s literary magazine. In addition, she is a dedicated contributor to her high school’s award-winning newspaper, a varsity athlete, and a leader in Student Council.

Chinaza Asiegbu (Peer Reviewer)

As a junior at Egg Harbor Township High School, Chinaza favors the phrase “Carpe Diem” and fulfills this idealistic philosophy by partaking in multiple activities in high school. Amongst her favorite are Future Business Leaders of America, Academic Challenge Club, New Jersey Science League, and being treasurer of her class and her local Key Club. Along with her academic involvement at school, this National Broadcom MASTERS STEM Science Fair Semifinalist has received 2nd at the Jersey Shore Science Fair, 1st at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, and received a special award. She also has a patent pending on a new hardware she designed created on the basis of the new technological advances in the handheld electronics field. Furthermore, she attained four Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth awards in mathematics (one in SCAT, two for the SAT, one for the ACT).  In her spare time, she enjoys coding in JAVA, baking, watching television, reading a plethora of novels, and spending time with friends. Chinaza joined the NHSJS staff in 2014.

Christine Jou (Peer Reviewer)

Christine is currently a freshman attending Harvard College. A few years ago, Christine had the opportunity to conduct research at Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp. There, she discovered that she thoroughly enjoyed the research grueling process, despite the bumps and bruises along the way. These experiences have sparked her interest in the STEM field; Christine hopes to pursue her passion for math and science as a career.  When Christine first tackled her paper, she was fortunate enough to have mentors and trusted advisers review her work and give constructive criticism. This proved essential in improving her research paper. Christine hopes to return the favor and assist others just she was given that lucky opportunity.

Daniel Coffield (Peer Reviewer)

Daniel Coffield is a junior at Charleston Catholic High School in Charleston, West Virginia. His interests include astrophysics and the integration of artificial intelligence into society. He plays varsity soccer, serves as a peer tutor, avidly reads books, and writes short stories. His favorite TV show is the Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

David Ma (Peer Reviewer)

David Ma is currently a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Over the past four years, he has conducted medical and environmental research at the University of Kentucky. He has also received grand and special awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In the future, he hopes to continue biological research, potentially venturing into computational biology and bioinformatics. Outside of research, David enjoys debate, violin, and quiz bowl. He is also the co-president of the school’s green team, which is focused on raising environmental awareness and improving local sustainability.

Dhvanii Raval (Peer Reviewer)

Dhvanii Raval is a senior at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She has a strong interest in molecular biology and chemistry. She has been interning at a molecular biology lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the past two years where she is currently assisting on a project that tracks the migration of neuroblastoma cancer cells in relation to healthy neural crest cells. She has attended multiple seminars that have sharpened her understanding of the biological sciences and allowed her to develop networking skills. In addition, she is the editor in chief of her award winning online school newspaper and was named to the Illinois All-State Journalism Team last year. Dhvanii is also one of the captains of her debate team and is a three time Illinois Congressional Debate Association (ICDA) state finalist as well as a national semi-finalist. She loves public speaking and became an international medalist at Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) for her speech on medical leadership. In her free time, Dhvanii enjoys practicing karate; she earned her black belt in spring of 2017.

Evan Batov (Peer Reviewer)

Evan Batov is a student at Staten Island Technical High School in the Greater New York City Area. He strives to empower youth to successfully pursue their career and academic paths, as well as to continue giving back to their community. He is currently the CEO and founder of an online mentorship service for high school students interested in STEM called Lab for Us, as he found that many around him have trouble with jump starting their career in STEM and research-related fields. He is also a part of the Science and Engineering Research Program (S.E.R.P.), where he has participated in several research projects and competitions, while also placing in his city and giving several speaking engagements. Evan has been extensively involved in social and life sciences, as he has done research in DNA genetics and genomes. As well, he contributes to his school's official scientific journal and publication. He is an active member of his local Science Olympiad, and has participated in city and statewide events. Besides his STEM-related ventures, Evan is an activist, while also taking part his city and state government, and working with a variety of nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, Key Club International and the Young Democrats of America - to name a few. Because of his philosophy of helping youth and advancing youth empowerment, he worked as a marketing manager for The Prospect, an online journal guiding students through the tempest of the college process, and markets for Museum Teen Summit. When he is not involved with his extracurricular activities, work or helping his community, he enjoys learning new languages, exploring different cultures, and catching up on the latest scientific innovations and technologies. Ultimately, Evan wishes to combine his interests in STEM and his passion for marketing and business in the near future.

Graham S Lane (Peer Reviewer)

I am a senior at University School in Cleveland, Ohio.  For the past three years I have done research in a pharmacology lab at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  I have been investigating apoptotic ATP release in leukemia and lymphoma cell lines.  ATP release is vital to signaling for the anti-tumor immune response, and unfortunately many cells don't exhibit robust ATP accumulation.  My research has identified possible ways to recover ATP accumulation.  I hope to continue this research throughout college.  In addition to my research, I am the captain of my high school swim team and I play classical piano.

Hana Shafique (Peer Reviewer)

Hana Shafique is a junior at Park Tudor School located in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is deeply interested in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, and computer science and she intends to pursue a career in the medical field. She is an active member of Science Olympiad, Cyber Patriots and debate team. She is committed to remaining well rounded with participation on the varsity cross-country and track & field teams, playing the violin in orchestra, leading as vice president of the student body, and holding a strong passion for volunteering in the community and spreading awareness about issues of diversity. As alum of the Health and Science Innovations- Young Innovators Quest, over the past summer she pursued as well as presented research regarding telomerase length of pancreatic cancer cells and is currently continuing her research passions as a Global Scholar, YiQ Scholar and LOGOS member. She is also a member of the Junior Academy with the New York Academy of Sciences and is on a project working on a sensor for measuring water qualities to increase biodiversity.

Hanna Yusuf (Peer Reviewer)

Hannah Yusuf is currently a junior at Heritage High School. Her primary interests are in biology (specifically cancer biology) and physics. She is captain of Science Quiz Bowl and a member Science Olympiad, and loves science. She has great interest in the medical field and was an attendee of Central Michigan University Camp Med and Lake Superior State University Biomedical Camp. During the next summer, she hopes to engage in a cancer research project and perhaps eventually formulate a cure to leukemia. In addition to science, she is also interested in writing and is in the process of publishing her own novel. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, and exploring politics.

Isha Goel (Peer Reviewer)

Isha Goel is a sophomore at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. She is passionate about science mainly in the acoustics, biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. She is trying to currently conduct research of her own and hopes to publish it in the National High School Journal of Science. Outside of science she has a strong liking for business and is part of iDEA, a non-profit that teaches high schoolers about the different aspects of business. She is a part of the board in this association, in charge of the CAD branch, teaching computer-aided design to students at libraries. She is an officer for her DECA chapter at school to further her progress in business. Isha is also a part of the wind ensemble at her high school as a clarinet player.

Kaavya Subramanian (Peer Reviewer)

Kaavya Subramanian is currently a junior at Sunset High School. She loves math and biology, and hopes to find a career in theoretical biology. Kaavya has been volunteering at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for the past two years. There, she works on demonstrations for the public and compiles relevant research. This summer, she participated in a program R&D internship, where she researched and prototyped science demonstrations. Her hobbies include playing the piano, writing, and reading.

Kartiki Gaur (Outreach Specialist)

Kartiki is a high school student from Southern California. In addition to being an Outreach Specialist, Kartiki further expresses her passion for science through being a STEM educator for both middle school and high school students. She also serves as the secretary and is a state medalist for her school's Science Olympiad team. She is very interested in neuroscience and global health and wishes to combine these interests in a fulfilling career in a health related field.

Lillian Xu (Peer Reviewer)

Lillian is a freshman at Princeton University intending to concentrate in Molecular Biology with a focus in Quantitative & Computational Biology. Since 7th grade, Lillian has engaged in stem cell research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Her main research interests include investigating the versatility of stem cell differentiation and improving the efficiency of genome editing tools for applications in regenerative medicine. Lillian’s extensive research on kinase inhibitors and stem cell differentiation was published in the International Transgenic Research journal and won first place at the Virginia Piedmont Science Fair, Most Outstanding Biotechnology Project, and Broadcom Masters National Semifinalist. She also developed a technique utilizing lasers to differentiate stem cells into cardiomyocytes, which won her the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge. As one of 30 national finalists, she presented her laser-stem cell research at the International BIO Convention in Chicago and was also recognized in the Top 30 most impressive projects in the Discovery Science Center Innovation & Invention Fair. Moreover, Lillian’s novel research on using ginger to combat 5 different types of cancer led her to be named a 2016 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. In the future, she hopes to pursue an MD-PhD to integrate her passions for medicine and research. Besides conducting research at Princeton, Lillian is involved in the Innovation Journal of Science and Technology, Community House, and the Women in Science Colloquium.

Lily Ge (Peer Reviewer)

Lily Ge is a current senior at the Bergen County Academies in New Jersey. She is extremely passionate about neuroscience, specifically regarding machine learning and memory. She is the captain of the BCA Brainiacs, the 4th place national team winners of the USA Memory Championships, an opportunity that she is immensely thankful for and from which she has learned so much. Lily has been involved in (though "steeped in" might be a better phrase) research for the majority of her high school career, from conducting and co-authoring Multiple Sclerosis research at NYU's Langone Medical Center to studying genomics and epigenetics at Columbia University Medical Center. Lily has also dedicated her time to helping others fall in love with science, as she has, even volunteering over 150 hours of hands-on science teaching and fun at the Liberty Science Center. And, similar to the goals of the NHSJS, Lily has also been involved in her school’s school-run science research journal, Academy Scientific, for the past couple years, both as a writer and as an editor. Finally, other than science, Lily loves to stay busy with Model United Nations conferences (organizing, chairing, and being a delegate), debate, writing poetry, and playing the mandolin.

Mahak Kaur (Peer Reviewer)

Mahak Kaur is a senior at Granada Hills Charter High School in California. In addition to her rigorous International Baccalaureate classes at school, she has an interest in sports medicine and is currently doing research in sports science and health. Her interest in sports medicine sparked when she did an internship for orthopaedics where she realized that young girls like herself are also capable of handling power tools. Additionally, she is actively part of the Female Empowerment Club at school where she discusses with other members about gender equality. She has also implemented art activities in health institutions, because she believes that by engaging in art activities it can help heal patients emotionally if not physically. In addition to helping her community, she enjoys dancing and creating choreography for Bhangra, Bollywood, and Hip Hop. A fun fact about her is that she can balance 5 hula hoops all at once.

Maren Sautter (Peer Reviewer)

Maren Sautter is a junior at the International School of Stuttgart, Germany. She is particularly passionate about Chemistry, but enjoys biology and electrostatics, and history as well. Maren was selected to participate in an electrical engineering and chemistry workshop at the University of Stuttgart, she also introduced and currently leads the STEM-section in her schools monthly magazine, SHOUT. Her other interests include competitive rowing, playing the violin, and organising MUNISS (Model United Nations at the International School of Stuttgart). She plans to pursue a career in research, specifically pharmacology or toxicology.

Nabeel Quryshi (Peer Reviewer)

Nabeel Quryshi is a junior at the University School of Milwaukee. He has a strong interest in the fields of vascular biology and computational biology and is a research scientist at a university lab. There he studies the role of the protein telomerase, in mitigation of coronary artery disease and chemotherapeutic induced endothelial dysfunction. Due to his hard work, he has been named an Intel international science and engineering fair finalist as well as a Siemens Westinghouse national semifinalist. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine like his father. Aside from STEM, he is captain of his school's state champion tennis team and is also concertmaster of his school orchestra. He hopes to not only expand his passion for science, but also his passion and love for the arts and athletics in the future.?

Nicholas Famularo (Outreach Specialist)

Nick is a junior at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He is extremely passionate about environmental science and sustainability. He plans to attend a prestigious university and earn a degree in environmental science and public policy. This year, Nick is completing a science fair research project on mangrove habitat expansion. He is also leading a sustainability project with the goal of installing solar panels at his school. This project will convert a portion of the school's energy to renewable and reduce carbon emissions. In his free time, Nick enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time outside, and volunteering at his local environmental education center. He has recently finished up an internship with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. When he isn't studying for his rigorous courses or participating in extracurriculars, he enjoys sleeping.

Phillip Batov (Peer Reviewer and Outreach Specialist)

Phillip Batov is currently a student at Staten Island High School in New York City. He is extremely ambitious in the field of STEM, and strives to benefit the world with his innovations. Ever since he was a child, his imagination has always been wrapped up in miniscule engineering activities, and various scientific questions about the world. He is an active member of the Science Olympiad in his school, and has taken part in engineering, physics, and biology competitions throughout his high school career. Also, Phillip is a member of the Science and Engineering Research Program (S.E.R.P.) in his school, and works on many different projects and competitions. He is currently attempting to limit the spread of bacteria in his school through different implementations. Phillip received a plethora of awards for his scientific achievements, including the highest award in excellence of science at Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering and being a part of non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Key Club International, and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. He also revels in journalism, and is an editor and submitter for several publications. Joining the National High School Journal of Science was his way of giving back, and helping other aspiring researchers with their studies.

Priyanka Kadam (Peer Reviewer)

Priyanka is currently a high school junior from Western New York, and her primary interests are biology and health. While she is not sure yet whether she wants to do something research oriented, or something more clinical, she is sure she wants to have a career that allows her to learn more about the human body. In her free time, Priyanka is an active member of her school's Science Olympiad and quiz bowl team. She also enjoys playing the cello in her school's Chamber Orchestra and Pop Band, volunteering at her local nursing home, and dancing Bharatanatyam - a classical form of Indian dance.

Ritika Revoori (Peer Reviewer)

Ritika Revoori is a senior at Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She has a keen interest in chemistry  biology, and medicine. In her future, she would like to pursue a career in medicine and chemistry. In her spare time, she enjoys staying on top of scientific research and advancements through random searches on Google and through social media, playing the violin, volunteering, and relaxing with a book.

Robin Hu (Peer Reviewer)

Robin is in the Highly Gifted Magnet Program at North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, CA. Her main interest lies in biology and currently focuses her time on conducting research on the pancreas. One of her completed projects is titled: Inhibitory Effects of Flufenamic Acid on the YAP-TEAD Complex through Regulation of the Hippo Pathway in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Cells. She is one of the captains of her school's Science Olympiad team and specializes in Anatomy & Physiology. In her spare time she actively participates in a variety of volunteer activities in GYM and tutoring and is the Outreach Director in her region in CASC. After participating and contributing to the completion of a textbook chapter on pancreas and biliary tree physiology, she hopes to continue to integrate herself into scientific journalism and helping others to publish their works. Robin will continue her STEM endeavors this upcoming summer with a paid internship and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Rohan Garg (Peer Reviewer)

Rohan Garg is currently a senior in high school who lives near Cleveland, Ohio. His primary scientific interests are in the fields of global health, health policy, and biostatistics. For the past three years, he has conducted research at Case Western Reserve University to identify biomarkers of malaria transmission and to develop a mathematical model that can accurately predict malaria transmission intensity in various geographical settings. This past year, he presented his work at the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science and won 2ndplace at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. Additionally, he plans on presenting his research later this year at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In addition to scientific research, he is most interested in pursuing photography, for which he has earned recognition at the state, national, and international levels.

Sabreen Miah (Peer Reviewer)

I'm a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences which located in New York City. Though I greatly enjoy research and have worked at Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, I'm more clinically oriented and I hope to become a great physician someday. I have worked in an ambulatory surgery setting at Mount Sinai Hospital previously and am currently hoping to do a couple more rotations in other departments. I also founded my school's STEMinism club, and am a part of the No Place for Hate. In my spare time, I like to read and write creatively and I'm also an avid daydreamer.

Sameen Mahmood (Outreach Specialist and Peer Reviewer)

Sameen Mahmood is one of our Outreach Specialists here at the NHSJS. In addition to being an Outreach Specialist, Sameen is an avid Science Olympiad, Academic Decathlon, orchestra, and Speech & Debate member, taking officer positions in each club. She is also the president of her school's PTP Club and is known by her friends as a huge science fanatic. Academically, Sameen takes a full load of IB (international baccalaureate) courses, along with offering chemistry tutoring for fellow peers. Her hobbies include playing the violin, singing, cooking, and anything science-related.

Samhita Bhat (Peer Reviewer)

Samhita Bhat will be a junior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. She is extremely passionate about science, specifically medicine, and wants to pursue a career as an oncologist or a job in the field of pediatrics. She is the the officer of Medical Explorers Post #63 a club outside of school that helps develop the passion for medicine in high school students by allowing professionals in the field of medicine to connect directly with students and talk about their career and their journey. She also is active member in the Future Practicing Physicians Network in her school which allows students to learn basic medical processes such as suturing, using a stethoscope, and dissections. She is also a teacher’s assistant for biology and physiology in her school helping teach students the concepts that are covered in class. Aside from science she loves volunteering and plays a vital role in the club Octagon, through which she has worked 100+ hours and helped run an event called Cure Cancer Cafe which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She also enjoys dancing especially Bharatanatyam a form of indian classical dance which she has been doing for the past 10 years.  In addition she  loves to work with startups such as Proxce and WEmpower, learning a lot of the business aspects of companies, helping her work on her own startup, StudyBuddy and become an officer of the MIT Launch Club. She has also won awards for her app designs through the Dare2BDigital Competition and is also a Stanford High School Scholar through their MedEx program. She hopes to gain a more thorough understanding of the ever-improving medical field and hopes to add her own research to it as well.

Sammer Marzouk (Peer Reviewer)

Sammer Marzouk is a sophomore at University of Chicago Laboratory High School in Chicago, Illinois and intends on pursuing a career in the field of neuroscience. Sammer is interested in the field of biology, specifically neuroscience and diseases and is currently completing his 1st year of research with the University of Chicago concerning Alzheimers Disease in the Thinakaran Lab. The goal of the project is to gather data, and support for a hypothesis that shows a link between a protein and Alzheimers. Sammer has published papers in other journals such as Nature Protocols/Protocol Exchange, Fish and Fisheries and International Journal of Biological Research. Sammers' papers have also been on prominent pre-print servers such as PeerJ. While in school, Sammer is in a host of clubs, such as math team, science olympiad, ethic bowl, quiz bowl and MSA.  Sammer is also part of the Pyrex Journal of Biology Board and a reviewer on many other journals. 

Sanjay Jinka (Peer Reviewer)

Sanjay is a senior at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio and intends on pursuing a career in the field of medicine. Sanjay has a strong interest in the field of biology and is currently completing his 2nd year of research with the University of Toledo concerning cancer cells. The goal of the project is to isolate a gene, TRIP13, as an inducer of chromosomal instability. His research focuses on exploring why a perfectly healthy cell begins to show chromosomal instability, thus leading to cancerous aneuploidy. Through this research Sanjay has won numerous awards including superior scores at the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Ohio State Science Fair, placing in the top 6 in the state, winning the Ohio State University Future Physicians of America award, and more. In addition to this research Sanjay is interested in preserving the environment and is the President of the Environmental Club. With his passion for the environment he identified fertilizer runoff from agriculture as the key inducer of algae blooms in local waterways and designed an aquaponics system as an economically beneficial solution for farmers that did not require the use of fertilizers. Sanjay is also the President of the Spanish Club, a member of the Varsity Tennis Team, FCC Leaders of America, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Symphonic Winds Concert Band (where he plays alto/bari sax). In his free time Sanjay volunteers in the ER of a local hospital, volunteers at free clinics, organizes service projects for his temple, and is a member of Glass City Bhangra - an Indian dance group. Sanjay's goal as a member of the NHSJS staff is to use his scientific experience to help others get their work published, thus sponsoring the growth of the next generation of STEM leaders.

Shivani Pandey (Peer Reviewer)

Shivani Pandey is a senior at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. Her research interests include pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry, and environmental microbiology. Shivani has been interning at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory since September 2015, where she has been investigating bacterial degradation of triclosan. Shivani also has experience in computational biology; she interned at the Johns Hopkins Center for Computational Biology during the summer of 2015, analyzing the assembly of the ancestral wheat genome. She intends to pursue an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.

Shruti Patil (Peer Reviewer)

Shruti is a senior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas and hopes to extend the love for research and the sciences beyond just herself. Raised as a first generation American, with two immigrant electrical engineers for parents, she was essentially bred into science. But as she grew older, she discovered a love for writing and English as well. She is a recipient of the National Columbia University Gold Circle Award for News Writing, the captain and founder of the Science Olympiad club at her school, a nationally licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and an avid researcher. She has worked in labs in the University of Texas at Austin, working in one as an independent researcher, and in another, as a research assistant. Her research includes investigating the underlying genetic mechanisms, specifically the BK channel, in the neurological effects of ethanol withdrawal in the C. elegans nematode. Beyond her involvement in the sciences, Shruti is a surgery recovery technician at her local animal shelter,an international qualifier for the Distributive Educational Clubs of America (DECA), an editor for the school yearbook, and a violinist. Because of her love for both English and science, she looks forward to pursuing a degree in both, and perhaps pursuing a career in scientific journalism.
Sri Yalamanchi (Peer Reviewer)
Sri Yalamanchi is a student at Staten Island Technical High School in New York City. She is extremely passionate and ambitious in the STEM field and wants to pursue a career as a neurologist. She is currently the captain of her school’s Science Olympiad Team in which she competed on the regional and state level and won numerous medals. She is also a part of her school’s Science and Engineering Research Program (S.E.R.P) in which she completed research projects and competed in competitions. Sri has conducted neuroscience research at her local university, looking for indicators of depression and anxiety in the neonatal brain as well as synthesizing a curcumin drug to treat glioblastomas. She is also an editor of her school’s official science journal and newsletter. Sri has participated in Weill Cornell Medical College's medical programs for high school students and has won awards in the aforementioned program. Outside of the STEM field, she plays tennis on her school’s varsity tennis team and is president of her school’s Sustainability Club, in which she strives to educate and motivate students about efficient practices that will help sustain resources in their school. She is also president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Club in which she raises awareness and money to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ultimately, Sri hopes to combine all her interests and help motivate other researchers, as well as furthering her own knowledge in the ever changing STEM field.

Stephanie Noh (Peer Reviewer)

Stephanie Noh is a senior at Northwood High School, and she is interested in Biology. At school, she worked as the Secretary of the Odyssey of the Mind Club in her junior year and was one of the National TEAMS Competition finalists with her team. She is also working as the President of the American Cancer Society Club, Co-President of the One Plus Chance Club, and Publicity of the Aid for Africa Club. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog and drawing. Stephanie joined the NHSJS staff in 2015.

Tanya Singh (Peer Reviewer)

Tanya Singh is a writer and editor from Chandigarh, India. They are on the staff of several publications, including Pulse, and Moledro Magazine. They are also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Cerurove, a journal that celebrates original works quality. Their work has appeared in Gone Lawn, Eunoia Review, Polyphony H.S, and elsewhere, and has been recognized by Times of India and The Great Indian Literary Festival, among other places. They like to read philosophical works and poetry. They believe that if you are reading, you are learning, as such changing and evolving, and to be learning is one of the greatest accomplishments.

Valerie Wu (Peer Reviewer)

Valerie Wu is a sophomore at Presentation High School in the Bay Area. Having lived in Silicon Valley all her life, she firmly believes in innovation and the future. As a member of Team HBV's nationwide International Awareness Committee and her school's Science Research class, she actively seeks to advocate for public policy and health worldwide. Valerie recently founded a literary magazine called BioLiterary Journal, in which she hopes to create the intersection of literature and the sciences. Her writing has previously been published in the Huffington Post, Teen Ink, and Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution.

Yongchan Hong (Peer Reviewer)

Yongchan is currently a senior at Cheongshim International Academy, which is located in South Korea. He is especially interested in a field of agriculture, as it is one of the most promising and urgent place that needs help. He have conducted numerous research such as "Optimization of Culture Conditions of Halobacteria and Their Agricultural Application in High Salinity Areas.", "The Selection of Nitrogen Decomposition Fungi from Farm Soil and its Application by Plant Growth", "Usage of Quorum Sensing as Antiseptic." Also, he was prized in numerous competition, Silver Prize in Samsung Humantech Research Award, Grand Prize in Microbiology Youth Conference, and first prize in Korea Science and Engineering Award. He plans to earn Ph D in biology from US colleges. He loves to interact with other-also loves to play chess and table tennis.



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