Peer Reviewers and Outreach Specialists

Aaryan Sukhaida (Peer Reviewer)

Aaryan is a junior at the British School Jakarta. He is fascinated by mathematics, and has participated and earned prizes in several international math competitions. He loves reading and researching about astronomy and quantum mechanics, aspiring to be a theoretical physicist one day. He founded his own physics club in his school with the goal of improving communities through science projects, and is passionate about STEM education. Apart from science and math, he also enjoys debating in MUN, making comic strips and creative writing.

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.

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.

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, Ph.D and participates in Model United Nations, having won numerous national competitions. Locally, he participates as an emergency medical technician cadet and is involved in township and state politics through the American Legion. He aspires to major in public policy analysis and hopes to continue research in the fields of biological chemistry and public policy as an undergraduate student. In the future, he would like to work closely with government officials in understanding epidemiological issues to determine potential solutions. In his free time, he enjoys long boarding, weightlifting, hiking, and public speaking.

Deepak Kejariwal (Peer Reviewer)

Deepak Kejariwal is a senior at Spring-Ford High School with a special interest in science and health-related fields.  As a perpetual learner, research has been his outlet to explore his interests and create knowledge to improve science. To pursue his passion for healthcare, he has shadowed doctors, enrolled in Coursera courses teaching  Human Anatomy and Nutrition, and worked with a local college professor to investigate the adverse effects concussions have on the brain’s frontal lobe. He also regularly volunteers at the Pottstown Hospital.

Beyond science, he has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of his 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Sweatshirts to Scrubs. Through this organization, he exposes children and the underprivileged to science and medicine, providing students with an opportunity to learn about their passions.  He also is heavily involved with Junior Achievement, and with a team of high schoolers has founded Denim2Denim, a company dedicated to combating clothing waste.

Whether it be through research or entrepreneurship, he enjoys applying his in-class knowledge to the real-world and plans to synthesize these two passions in the future.  He hopes to use his experience as an entrepreneurial researcher to help pharmaceutical companies find ways to take their drugs to market faster, safer, and with more economic accessibility. He looks forward to a lifetime dedicated to critically solving the world's problems and is grateful to the NHSJS for helping him give back to the high school research community.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 now, and is a co-author on a published paper on CAR-T Immunotherapy and another one on intestinal immunity. Currently, she is working on a project at Harvard Medical School on gut microbes-mediated immune response, studying how powerfully the microbiota can shape our immune system. She attended International Congress of Immunology and other conferences as well. In the future, she is planning a career in basic or clinical research. At her boarding school, she dances instensively and performed at National High School Dance Festival, leads sustainability efforts, heads the Chinese-speaking Student Association, tutors peers in STEM, participates in Science Club, and volunteers for local children.

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 Protein of mTOR (RAPTOR) in regulating protein synthesis, giving him enough substance for two publications in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). He was also 1 of 4 students chosen from his school to work on 3-D printing the RAPTOR protein under Andrew K. Vershon at Rutgers University. To fulfill his desire to actively help others, Kush pursued schooling over the summer to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) and locally spends most of his time volunteering at a first aid & rescue squad. He aspires to become a surgeon and hopes to continue research in the field of molecular biology as an undergraduate student. In the future, he would also like to work on developing new devices which can be used to make surgeries easier and more efficient. In his free time, he enjoys making videos, playing guitar, figure skating, and stargazing.”

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 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.

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 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.

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 in  personality differences. During her sophomore year of high school, Margot worked alongside Dr. Garcia at Newton Wellesley Hospital to conduct a literature review of high-risk jobs and epilepsy which was accepted to the American Epilepsy Society. This summer, she has the opportunity to conduct transnational research at McClean Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Berretta about bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Eventually, Margot hopes to research memory storage and retrieval. Outside of research and science, Margot is the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, The Beaver Reader, and founder of her high school's satirical newspaper, The Beaver Dam. She loves reading The Onion, a satirical newspaper, playing jazz piano in her high school ensemble, planning fun activities and experiments as the president of her high school science club, and posting on her neuroscience blog, The Neuro Bureau (https://theneurobureau.com/.)

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 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.

Rachael Mathew (Peer Reviewer) 

Rajit Tummala (Peer Reviewer)

Rajit Rajit Tummala is a senior at the Center for Medical Sciences at Mills E. Goodwin High School. At school, he volunteers as a writing center tutor and regularly edits peer literary and research papers for grammar, clarity, and content. He has worked for Cell Signaling Technology (CST) Inc. as an intern performing technical research skills in CST Production Team 5 such as ELISA assays, western blots, Bradford protein assays, and antibody lyophilization. Outside of school, he loves watching Bollywood movies, listening to music, writing poetry, and reading. He was fortunate during his research to have wonderful teachers/mentors help him in the process, so he wishes to return the favor for others.

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 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.

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 followup observations of TESS exoplanet candidates! She has presented her work in a plethora of science fairs, such as the Intel ISEF, as well as various symposiums in the Boulder area. Sarah is also the founder and CEO of The Education in Asia Charity (TEACH), a nonprofit organization aiming to provide underserved rural Chinese villages with greater access to educational resources and supplies. When she is not pondering the world beyond, she likes to play with her pet bunny, ski, hike, and dabble in photography.

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.

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’xs 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.

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 studies, but also travel and photography. She enjoys volunteering, tutoring, and playing frisbee and violin as well.

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 on the debate team and with her VEX Robotics team, which qualified for the 2018 World championship. In her spare time, Vidhya volunteers at a local pediatric facility, plays piano, spends time with her friends, and watches a variety of shows.

Wendy Chen (Peer Reviewer) 

Wendy Chen is a junior in Walter Payton College Prep High School, Chicago. She loves learning about cancer biology and how medical treatments have been developed over time to treat infectious diseases. She also is deeply intrigued by gene modification and epigenetics, and how that can change how patients will be treated in the future. In her free time, she enjoys biking along Lake Shore Drive with friends, baking, binge watching Netflix shows, and planning trips around the world. Other activities include volunteering at elementary schools and teaching young kids about math and science.

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