Peer Reviewers and Outreach Specialists
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
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.
Annasimone Andrawis (Peer Reviewer)
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
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
Christine Jou (Peer Reviewer)
Christine is currently a freshman attending Harvard College. A few years ago, Christine had the opportunity to conduct research at
Cole Johnson (Peer Reviewer)
I am currently a Junior at Stanford Online High School, with a strong focus in Mathematics. I have been fencing for 9 years and have won medals at international and national events. I am currently the co-leader of the Scientific Research Club and founder/co-leader of the Rubik’s Cube Circle at Stanford Online High School. I have a strong passion for most fields of scientific research and spend most of my free time pursuing that passion.
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.
David Portnoy (Peer Reviewer)
David Portnoy is a senior at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey. He has a strong passion for both biological chemistry and public policy studies. He participated in the Liberty Science Center Partners in Science Program, researching the regulatory effects of nitrated fatty acids under Andrew J. Gow,
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
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
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
Fiona Pollack (Peer Reviewer)
Fiona Pollack is a Cuban-American high school student based in Philadelphia, PA. Outside of NHSJS, Fiona has worked as an intern at NASA, a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, and a night volunteer at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, specializing in planetary science, geography, and statistics. Fiona is also a prolific brass musician and composer, and has performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Penn’s Landing, and Lucas Oil Stadium. When she’s not working in an academic or musical capacity, Fiona can be found studying Arabic, obsessing over Philadelphia sports teams, or listening to Chance the Rapper’s mixtapes on repeat.
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
Himanshi Verma (Peer Reviewer)
Hyunjin Christina Lee (Peer Reviewer)
Hyujin Christina Lee is currently a junior at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Hyunjin’s primary interests are Physics, Astrophysics, Math, and Chemistry. Hyunjin is an editor of Conestoga's newspaper, The Spoke, and is a member of the academic competition team. Hyunjin is also involved in multiple volunteer programs, STEM outreach, and is the founder of her school’s Operation Smile club. In her free time, Hyunjin enjoys reading and plays the cello in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO).
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
Janice Rateshwar (Peer Reviewer)
Janice Rateshwar is a sophomore at Jericho High School in Jericho, NY. Ever since her CTY BIomedical Summer Camp in 7th grade, Janice has had a great passion for STEM-related fields. She began pursuing research in 8th grade regarding the potential for plant-based treatments in cancer therapy. She has won many awards for her research and is in the process of publishing her work. Janice is also branching out into obesity research which she plans to continue to look into alongside with her cancer research. Her field of expertise is mainly biology and chemistry, particularly at the molecular level. In school, Janice enjoys participating in the Science Olympiad club, where she is able to learn about topics that are more challenging and require a higher level of thinking and in the Environmental Club where she is able to give back to her community and help raise awareness about climate change. Janice is currently working with her peers to further establish their company STEMCellz, which aims to help expose elementary school students to STEM. Janice hopes to make a difference in the world with her passion for science and medicine.
John Adkins (Peer Reviewer)
John Adkins is a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Stemming from his interests in chemistry and biology, John is currently a student researcher at the University of Kentucky where he studies platelet cells and their various roles in common diseases and ailments. He wishes to further this research into a career in the medical field. Outside of this research, John maintains several roles in science clubs at his high school, including being the founder of the Science Olympiad club at his school, a leader of the Science Honor Society, a chair of the Health Occupations Students of America, as well as a member of several other organizations. Besides school, John enjoys watching basketball and football and closely follows both the New Orleans Pelicans and Saints.
Julia Zacharski (Peer Reviewer)
is a junior at Kellenberg Memorial High School in New York. She has a passion in Biology and Medicine, and hopes to eventually pursue her passion as a research career. She is also a Vice President of her school’s Science Olympiad team and member of numerous other STEM activities, such as interning at a hospital. Outside of science, she is an avid reader and editor for her school’s newspaper, as well as an online magazine.
Julia Zhao (Peer Reviewer)
Julia Zhao is a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA. She is passionate about Biology and Medicine, especially in the field of Immunology and cancer. She has done Immunology research for four years
Kaylie Hausknecht (Peer Reviewer)
Katherine Huang (Peer Reviewer)
Krisha Patel (Peer Reviewer)
Krisha Patel is a student at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Her interest in science stems from an early age with experiences with organizations like FIRST, HOSA, Girls Who Code, and ACSL, ultimately developing her passion for bridging the gender gap in computer science and biology. She strives to support the youth voice by empowering youth to share their ideas through speeches, performances, and published text.
She is very enthusiastic about math, biology, and computer science and is interested in the intersection of these realms. In the future, she aspires to become a biomedical engineer with a focus on neurology. She is currently working on a neurology and psychology-based research project at Northwestern University under the guidance of neurologist Dr. Moran Cerf. Asides from academics, she enjoys dancing, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. As a TEDxYouth Event Leader, a recipient of theNCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, and such other recognition, Krisha is very grateful for the opportunities she has received in the fields of science and she would like to extend this opportunity to other students as they strive to establish themselves and get published.
Kush Batra (Peer Reviewer)
Kush Batra is a senior at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey. He has a strong passion for both the medical field and molecular biology research. He participated in the Waksman Student Scholars Program at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, researching the translational role of Regulatory-Associated
Lauren Cho (Peer Reviewer)
Lauren Cho is a junior at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys all fields of writing, and is the current editor of her school’s award winning newspaper and language magazine. She also has written a few historical research papers and has been awarded for her work in this field. Lauren is the founder of an organization that helps low income students with their work in school, which spans from science to literature. Besides writing and volunteering, Lauren also enjoys performing the cello. She has been invited to numerous international stages to perform solo works and has won competitions at all levels.
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
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
Manasi Soman (Peer Reviewer)
Manasi Soman is a junior at Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, NJ. She is the president of her school's Robotics team and Interact club, and has a strong interest in chemistry and computer science. She interned at Columbia University under Prof. Joachim Frank (2017 Nobel Laureate) where she conducted data analysis on their newly developed technology which will be employed in developing cancer treatments. In addition, during another summer internship at a medical-software startup, she created a virtual reality game to rehabilitate patients with dementia. While working in these fields, Manasi noticed a lack of women representation and sought to help eliminate the gender gap. To promote female involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, Manasi launched a non-profit organization called Creator Girls, where K-12 girls will engage in hands-on STEM workshops in her community.
Maren Sophie Sautter (Peer Reviewer)
Maren Sautter is a junior at the International School of Stuttgart, Germany. She is particularly passionate about
Margot Amouyal (Peer Reviewer)
Margot Amouyal is a junior at the Beaver Country Day School in Chesnut Hill, Massachusetts. Margot's passion for neuroscience was inevitable. As an identical twin, she often wondered what created the differences between her twin and herself, despite their identical genetics. These differences led her to become curious about the brain and its role
Meher Bhatia (Peer Reviewer)
Meher Bhatia is a senior at John P Stevens High School in New Jersey. She is passionate about Environmental Science and aspires to become a Science Journalist after double majoring in both Environmental Studies and English. As an environmental activist, she hopes to spread awareness about the imminent dangers of global warming to others, especially students, and is currently working on creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly district. So far, she has been able to eliminate styrofoam lunch trays in all public schools, replacing them with compostable trays and has implemented a food sorting plan to reduce cafeteria waste going to the landfill. She has also won First Place for Environmental Research at the NJIT Chemistry Olympics for her work in sustainable thermal insulation as well as Second Place in the Princeton University Energy Case Competition. As a writer, she composes several articles for her local environmental newspaper and serves as an editor for Polyphony LIT, an international literary magazine. In her free time, she likes to play the piano, sleep, and listen to groovy music.
Mohammad Rashad (Peer Reviewer)
Mohammad Rashad is a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He has strong interests in biology and the STEM field and is the founder and president of his school's Biology Olympiad Club as well as the captain of the Science Bowl team. Mohammad is currently conducting research on cellular immunology at the University of Kentucky and would like to continue his research beyond high school. His other interests include watching and playing sports, golfing and volunteering at a local hospital. He hopes to pursue a career in the medical field 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 hopes to attend an Ivy League school after graduation 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 working on a sustainability project with the goal of converting his school's energy to 100% solar-based. In his free time, Nick enjoys hanging out with friends, spending time outside, and volunteering at his local environmental education center. When he isn't studying for his rigorous courses or participating in extracurriculars, he enjoys sleeping.
Paula Zhu (Peer Reviewer)
Paula is a senior at Albemarle High School in Virginia and intends to pursue a career in neuroscience academia. Her interests are in the areas of neuroscience and neurotechnology, including the development of new neurotechnology for visualizing and manipulating the brain and how we can use these technologies to elucidate neural circuits and neurobiology. Her research currently focuses on using fluorescent neurotransmitter sensors to analyze novel norepinephrine (NE) and acetylcholine (ACh) neurotransmission properties that have many pharmacological implications. She is excited to join the field of neuroscience research and see how revolutionary neurotechnologies being developed today will lead to a surge of new discoveries and deeper understandings of the brain. She is also part of her school’s Math, Engineering, and Science Academy. In school, she likes to share her interest of science with others as Treasurer of her school’s Science National Honor Society, an Academic Team science player, and a member of her school’s awesome Chemistry Club. She also enjoys learning and reading about other areas of biology and is always looking to improve her understanding of the scientific method and how to be a better researcher.
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
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
Rachael Mathew (Peer Reviewer)
Rayland Ho (Outreach Specialist)
Rayland Ho is a student at Basis Independent Silicon Valley High School in San Jose, California. He enjoys studying environmental science and computer science. He has conducted research on vision science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also conducted a research on data mining to identify potentially habitable exoplanets; the paper was presented at a STEM symposium. He is the founder of the Scientific Research Club and the student ambassador at school. He teaches Java programming to young children at local library. He cares about environmental protection and sustainability. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking and camping.
Ritika Revoori (Peer Reviewer)
Ritika Revoori is a senior at Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She has a keen interest in
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
Sarah Tang (Peer Reviewer)
Sarah Tang is a junior at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. As an astronomy aficionado, she loves to explore the world beyond; she has been collecting data and conducting scientific research on exoplanets for the past two years. She hopes to pursue the field of astronomy in her future, and currently, she is working on ground-based
Sameen Mahmood (Outreach Specialist and Peer Reviewer)
Sameen Mahmood is one of our Outreach Specialists here at the
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
Sangeet Anand (Peer Reviewer)
Sangeet Anand is a sophomore at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. With a strong penchant for writing, Sangeet has made her mark and writes for her county newspaper, The MoCo Student (opinions section), Potomac Almanac, and The Scientific Student. She is excited by learning inside and outside of the classroom and has written articles ranging across different scientific fields and enjoys reading and researching on her own time. Sangeet is also an avid traveler, treasurer on her schools Student Government Association, enjoys playing club soccer in her free time, and has been learning Indian classical dance for the last 10 years. Inspired by scientific research, Sangeet is interested in pursuing biological sciences in the future.
Sanya Jain (Peer Reviewer)
Sanya Jain is a junior at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, New Jersey. She is passionate about STEM and aspires to enter the field of medicine in the future. Sanya is highly involved in research and has worked with professors from three different universities during the summer. She is also very interested in journalism and is a participant of Curious Science Writers, where she is given the opportunity to write and publish scientific articles under the guidance of professors. Her hobbies include dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Sophie Zhang (Peer Reviewer)
Sophie Zhang is a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. As president of an underwater robotics team, she is passionate about using engineering to solve relevant problems and further human exploration of the world. Sophie shares her love for STEM by conducting coding and electronics workshops for younger students in her community. She is also interested in science writing and is currently an editor for Curious Science Writers, an organization dedicated to making science stories accessible to the public. In her free time, Sophie enjoys tutoring math and running at her local park.
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
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.
Taha Umar (Peer Reviewer)
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.
Tiffanie Lee (Peer Reviewer)
Tiffanie Lee is a student at Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina. She is passionate about biology, physics, and environmental sustainability, and hopes to create real change in the world through research and innovation. She enjoys competing at various science, math, and business/pitch competitions, and has presented her research in gene expression at multiple symposiums, science fairs, and conferences. Tiffanie likes to explore the world through not only research and her
Unnathi Kumar (Peer Reviewer)
Unnathi is currently a sophomore at Pathways World School, Aravali. With an incline towards both writing and STEM, she thoroughly enjoys scientific writing. Her interests span throughout the scientific field, from Biology to Computer Science. She also works as an editor at other literary and scientific magazines, such as Polyphony Lit and the Young Scientists Journal.
Varun Patro (Peer Reviewer)
Varun is a senior at Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, California. He has been involved in scientific research for the past 3 years, first as a research intern working in the area of protein formulation and stability, then in nucleoside chemistry, and then most recently and currently in antibody stability and viscosity reduction aimed at increasing patient convenience and reducing drug costs through personalized medicine. He enjoys learning a wide variety of scientific and mathematical concepts through online classes and his own exploration, and tutors both subjects weekly at school. He spends time playing basketball and frisbee and likes being outdoors. He reads widely and also loves to play music.
Vidhya Sundar (Peer Reviewer)
Vidhya is a junior at Cherry Hill East in New Jersey. She has been passionate about STEM since elementary school and is interested in many areas of science, such as biophysics, biochemistry, neurology, and genetics, to name a few. She has participated in the Coriell and Delaware Valley Science Fairs, winning special awards for research on bioremediation and 1st place in biochemistry for her research on GABA. She is also Vice President of her school’s Women in Science club, President of the ECHO volunteer club, and a tutor at Kumon. She likes to participate
Wendy Chen (Peer Reviewer)
Wendy Chen is a junior