Peer Reviewers and Outreach Specialists
Aaryan Sukhaida (Peer Reviewer)
Aaryan is a junior at the British School Jakarta. He is fascinated by
Anmol Guard (Peer Reviewer)
Anmol Guard is a sophomore from Montgomery, Alabama. She is interested in neuroscience and cellular biology. She is a member of her school's Science Bowl team and is engineering notebook manager for her award-winning VEX Robotics team. She also edits and writes for various student-run journals. In her free time, she likes to tutor students and read.
Caroline Xue (Peer Reviewer)
Caroline is currently a sophomore at Stanford Online High School. She loves to play hockey, violin, and outdoor rock climb in her free time. In order to pursue her passion of oncology, Caroline founded her school’s Pre-Med club and got involved in the 50 in 50 project with the Cure Campaign, an organization that strives to increase the federal cancer budget through political involvement.
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.
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).
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
Jessica Liang (Peer Reviewer)
Jessica is a student at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts who is curious about exploring the different branches of STEM. At the moment, she enjoys biology, chemistry, and is learning computer science. However, with a variety of possibilities in this field, she’s motivated to learn more about what the world of science has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing piano, reading, tutoring others, and volunteering.
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.
Keertana Yalamanchili is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Northern Virginia. She is passionate about biology and mathematics. Her current research is on the efficacy of various enzyme inhibitors as potential treatments for ischemic stroke as well as the modeling of T lymphocytes and mitochondrial pore activity. At her school, she is currently the secretary of Medical Society and Neuroscience Society. In her spare time, she enjoys singing and dancing, playing the violin, reading books, and tutoring.
Khalid Rashad (Peer Reviewer)
Khalid Rashad is an upcoming senior in the Math Science, and Technology Center at Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He is heavily interested in biology and computer science and currently serves as a bioinformatics student researcher at the University of Kentucky, where he has won numerous awards for his research involving more effective Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses. In school, Khalid is involved in a plethora of science extracurriculars, as he serves in leadership positions in his school's Science Olympiad, Science Bowl, and Science National Honor Society. He also enjoys partaking in community service as a volunteer at Baptist Health Hospital and by serving as an officer in his school's Beta Club and Disaster Relief Fund. Khalid hopes to encourage more high school students to conduct valuable research as a member of the NHSJS team.
Khola Abid (Peer Reviewer)
Khola Abid is in her fourth year of PharmD at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. She is interested in the history and development of science. In her institution, she runs a team of young science communicators that designs highly cost-effective experiments to thereby communicate various physiological mechanisms to school-aged children. Recently, she founded the Science Club as a co-founder. She works with various organizations as Science Communicator and popular Science writer. She loves to defy norms, but with a sense of sagaciousness. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading history and self-help genres.
Lauren Cho (Peer Reviewer)
Lauren Cho is a junior at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys all fields of
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
Mir Zayid Alam (Peer Reviewer)
Mir Zayid Alam is a junior at Manhasset High School in Manhasset, New York. He is interested in neuroscience, biochemistry, and molecular biology, and has performed research at various levels, from at-home projects to professional lab work. He is part of Science Olympiad and Mathletes and can be found tutoring peers. He helps run community organizations and volunteers for various causes. In his free time, he reads avidly.
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.
Parsa Nayyara (Peer Reviewer)
Parsa Nayyara is an Indonesian high school junior based in Surabaya, Indonesia. She is keenly interested in the natural world and loves exploring through the mechanisms of how life works. As an aspiring biologist, Nayyara enjoys conducting her own life science research and has earned several awards in both local and international science fairs. She also finds genetics and synthetic biology intriguing. When she is not doing science, she can usually be found reading comic books, or growing plants in her little hydroponic garden.
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,
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
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
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
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.