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.
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.
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)
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.
Dilara Portelli (Peer Reviewer)
Dilara is a junior at Staten Island Technical High School. During her freshman and sophomore year of high school, she participated in her school's SERP (Science Engineering Research Program) Class. She was able to conduct two experiments within those two years. One involved aerodynamics and Bernoulli's principle. The other focused on the Kelvin scale of lighting and the impact it had on the short term memory of high school students. She submitted to the W!se Quality of Life competition last year, but unfortunately did not proceed to semi finals. As well, She has contributed to her school's official scientific journal and publication. She is also part of her school's Solar Car Team where they participate in the National Solar Car Challenge Competition and she has been given the title of programmer next year for her school's Underwater Robotics Team that participated in the Regional MATE ROV Scout competition. In school, she is currently president of the ALS awareness club and Marine Biology Awareness Club, helping to raise money for research in these areas. She is also a part of my school's Key Club, participating in various volunteering projects to help the community. She has also participated in the Perry Outreach Program this year, which is a program for women in medicine interested in orthopedic surgery, and involved a series of mock surgeries to perform. I have also gained experience shadowing two doctors, one being an orthopedic surgeon and one being a pediatrician, which gave me more insight into the medical profession. Lastly, she started her own non profit organization this year known as the National Organization for Small Round Cell Tumor in order to get funding for medical trials in order to find a cure.
Eshwar Ranganath (Peer Reviewer)
Eshwar Ranganath is a rising junior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. He is a member of many clubs at my high school such as HOSA and Outreach and is also the president of the Medical Club at Westwood. He plays the violin for my school orchestra, performing in concerts around Austin with his Carnatic (eastern classical) violin. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and played basketball for his school during freshman year. In addition, he enjoys coaching basketball through the Round Rock Special Olympics Program. He is pursuing a career in the health sciences field with an ultimate goal of becoming a physician.
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)
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.
Nicholas Famularo (Outreach Specialist)
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)
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)
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)