The Young Scientists Journal Team

Senior team

Preyasi Gaur

Chief Editor

Preyasi is currently a high school senior going into college. She is a Math enthusiast and enjoys the applications of the subject, especially in the financial and banking world. In her free time, she is sweating it out on the badminton court, devouring political/crime dramas, reading Agatha Christie novels, or painting canvases.


Mona Alizadeh

Deputy Chief Editor: Content

Mona is in her last year of secondary school. She loves Physics and is passionate about science communication. Outside of the YSJ she likes to conduct research projects, row and play the piano. Based in London.


Federico Galbiati

Deputy Chief Editor: Personnel and Relations

Federico was born in Italy and is an international student based in Milan. His main interest is computer science and its applications to solve everyday problems.  Over the course of the last few years he has won several national and international competitions. In his free time, he enjoys cooking food, playing tennis with friends, and playing the guitar.

Editorial Team

Ailís Keyes

Head of Editorial
Ailís is an aspiring meteorologist currently based in Ireland. They have been involved with the Young Scientists Journal since 2019, and have loved every second of it. Outside of academics, they are an avid music fan and guitar player.
Christina Peng

Editorial Executive for Physical Sciences for Physical Sciences

Christina loves baking cupcakes, playing chess, and curling up in bed with her pen and a cluster of story ideas. A junior from Southern California, Christina’s dream is to combine her passion in writing with science to impact the world.

Hritika Chaturvedi

Executive Biological Sciences
Chaturvedi, 17, is a high school senior at San Gabriel High School, residing in Southern California. She enjoys delving into the intricacies of neurobiology and seeks to study the progression of neurodegenerative diseases by means of clinical research in the future. Her secondary ambitions include STEM advocacy and science communication, as demonstrated by the interdisciplinary blog and interview series that she founded. As far as her hobbies are concerned, she carries a knack for art, whether it be photography, sketching, or playing the flute. Athletics occupy a decent portion of her time as well, as she enjoys hiking, biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. 

Hazal Kara

Co-editorial Executive for Physical Sciences
Hazal (she/they) is a 16 year old high school student in Istanbul, Turkey. She is passionate about advocating for social justice, expanding her knowledge in physics and astronomy, and creating new worlds in her head and on paper. When not working on something related to the YSJ, climate activism, or schoolwork, they can be found reading articles on various fascinating topics in cosmology, astrobiology, particle physics, mathematics and philosophy. They’re currently a cat mom of three.

Production Team

Maggie Yao

Head of Production

Maggie was born in Nebraska, but now spends her days being afraid of the cold in California. She loves mathematics, physics, and design, and how they can be applied to future innovations. She is a very curious person, always excited to talk to other people about where science can take us and hopes to explore that more at YSJ!

Flynn Cowell

Production Executive

Flynn builds and manages all our systems, and is an enthusiastic programmer and young scientist. In his spare time he likes to run, watch films and listen to music.


Nishka Srivastava

Production Executive: Creative

Nishka is a 17-year-old biology enthusiast from India. She is a skilled communicator and debater, and a passionate and curious aspiring scientist. She enjoys meeting and working with peers from around the world through global projects, discussions and conventions. In her free time, she loves sketching, and practicing martial arts. She also loves to read- she’s always open to a book recommendation!

Marketing Team

Parsa Nayyara

Head of Marketing

Parsa Nayyara, 16, is an Indonesian high school student who’s keenly interested in the natural world. As an aspiring biotechnologist, she often conducts her own life science research and has earned several science-fair awards. By joining the YSJ, she hopes to be able to connect young people and promote science in her country and abroad. In her free time, she can usually be found reading books writing, or binge-watching Marvel movies.

Catherine Barros

Marketing Executive: Social Media

Catherine is a neuroscience student based in London, with a keen interest in psychology and neuroscience. In the future, Catherine would love to pursue a career in this field, where she can continue to learn and make a positive impact. Being a part of the YSJ has been a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for Catherine, and she looks forward to continuing her role on the team.

Resilience Team

Ja'Lani Foster

Head of Resilience

Ja’Lani is an active STEAMinist and Art-ivist who applies her passions to science, art, empowerment, and beyond! She is a high school student from North America. She loves working at the journal as Head of Resilience as it provides direct impact to students, science, advocacy, and learning!

Nikhiya Shamsher

Resilience Executive: People

Nikhiya is a STEM undergrad at Stanford University with interest in biochemistry, medicine, math and physics. When she’s not doing research, she can usually be found re-watching every MCU movie, sculpting, or doing archery.

Kaustubh Sonawane

Resilience Executive: Systems

Kaustubh is a high school junior from Texas with a passion for computer science and engineering. Over the past 3 years, he has been actively involved in the scientific community through original research and has received national and international recognition. In his spare time, he enjoys coding and playing piano.

Outreach Team

Luke Jain

Head of Outreach

Luke is a high school senior from Southern California. He is interested in engineering and mental health, hoping to find critical intersections between the fields as a future psychiatrist. Aside from science, Luke enjoys track and field, international literature, and fashion!


Prajna Nair

Outreach Executive: Ambassadors and Hubs

Prajna Nair is a high school senior from Kerala, India. She loves physics, especially astrophysics and cosmology, and computer science. She also enjoys reading detective fiction and painting murals in her spare time.


Maja Olma

Outreach Executive: Events

Maja is a high school student from Poland, currently residing in a boarding school in England. Passionate about philosophy, forensic science, neurology, space medicine and literature, she finds new topics to obsess about everyday. What she loves most about her role in YSJ is the constant brainstorming needed to create new events. In her spare time, she thinks about the absurdity of life and procrastinates on important school deadlines.

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  2. I am an Egyptian high school 12th grader, and I would like to join your editing team. My preference would be molecular biology. I wrote a research paper in the field and it is being reviewed for publishing. I got acknowledgements from prestigious professors at MIT, Harvard medical school, Cambridge university, EMBL and others. I won a Gold CREST award, ISEF 1st place on state level and qualified for international finals next February, attended a molecular biology summer program, and gave a publish speech at a cancer research institute on my journey where they gave me their honor trophy and offered me an internship. I am also a Chemistry and math Teaching assistant at my school, currently taking an equivalent to Biology A level (already finished the AS section last year) I also got a contract with a student coaching organization called quash.
    I am really looking forward to your response.

  3. Hi! I’m extremely interested in being a staff member of this journal? Is there any way I can apply for this? I have some previous experience being editor of the magazine club at my school. I’m actually conducting research on regerative medicine right now, so I pretty familiar with scientific terms and knowledge. I have been writing for an online publication called Tempest, which is an organization run by women to discuss social issues. I write articles for them. I saw that there are a lot of staff members right now like Ambassadors, content editor, specific section editors. I’m pretty open and flexible. So please let me know. I’m would be so excited to be a part of this journal.

  4. This is an amazing program that is continuously becoming epic.l respect all the hardwork put in by these young scientists.A very good job!!

  5. I would love to message NIKSHA SRIVASTAVA as I am so impressed by her article on CRISPR. I teach grade 11/12 biology in Manitoba, Canada. I am trying to inspire my students that they, too, can do technical research writing and can publish especially on youth-led initiatives such as this!

    I would love to have an email exchange with NIKSHA to talk about how students from Canada can also get involved with YSJ.

  6. Hello, I have been trying to get in touch with your editing team in regards to my publication but I have not recieved any status update or reply from your side regarding my research paper.

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