The Young Scientists Journal Team

Team Leaders

Mhairi McCann

Chief Editor

Mhairi spends most of her time volunteering, and enjoys working with the very talented YSJ team to provide a platform for other young people to have their work published.  When not pursuing her interests in STEM, Mhairi is involved in actively promoting human rights and youth participation, both locally and nationally.  Based in Inverclyde, Scotland.

Anne-Rosa Bilal

Head of Editorial

Anne-Rosa has an ardent interest in researching and has been doing so passionately for over six years on various kinds of topics, especially medical advancements. Being honoured with her current role has made it possible to extend her knowledge and editorial experience however most importantly promote STEM to like-minded individuals. Based in London, England.

Stewart McGown

Head of Production

Stewart builds all our systems. Sometimes he even manages to make them work. Based in St Andrews, Scotland.

Wietske Holwerda

Head of PR and Marketing

Wietske is proud to be a member of the Young Scientists Journal. She has always loved STEM and enjoys finding solutions to problems. Based in London, England.

Editorial Team

Susan Chen

Executive Editor (Physical and Mathematical Sciences)

Susan, 18,  is currently a Theoretical Physics undergraduate at Imperial College London. She is proud to self-claim to be a “science nerd” and hopes to work in Theoretical Physics research in the future. Other than being interested in abstract space-time concepts, she is also passionate about Physics education for young people, especially girls.
Based in London (during term time…otherwise, Glasgow), UK

Benjamin Schwabe

Executive Editor (Chemical and Life Sciences)

Benjamin is currently on a gap year and is very excited about starting to read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge next year! He has taken a year out to learn more about scientific research and to gain lots of experience in different research environments. He is particularly interested in the possibility of applying the Sciences to solve some of the global problems we are facing currently.

Rahul Krishnaswamy

Executive Editor (Policy and Ethics)

Rahul is a second year student at Duke University in the US, where he is studying both biology and global health with goal of becoming a physician-entrepreneur. He has been on the YSJ Team since 2013, serving as Asst. Editorial Team Leader, Head of Quality Control, Executive Life Science and Medicine Editor, and currently as the founding Executive Policy and Ethics Editor!

Adam Khan-Qureshi

Senior Research Editor

Adam is a biochemist studying at the University of Warwick.  He is particularly keen on genetics and protein biochemistry, aiming to pursue a research led career in those disciplines.  Outside of his academics, he is a Marvel enthusiast and can often be found reading theories about the next Avengers film!


Ao Sasame

Senior Medicine Editor

Ao is a first year medic in Dublin, and is especially interested in neurology research.  When she’s not in the library, you’ll normally find her playing netball or cooking food with friends.  She is also passionate about reducing the stigma against mental health and encouraging girls to go into STEM.  Based in Dublin, Ireland and Tokyo, Japan.


Brigitte Wear

Senior Biology Editor

Brigitte is a biologist at Oxford University, and is especially interested in marine ecology and plant sciences. In her free time, she plays the violin and piano. Based in Oxford, England.

Daniyal Ashraf

Senior Medicine Editor

Joanna Olagundoye

Senior Astrophysics Editor

Joanna is an astronomy enthusiast who is looking forward to carrying on physics to A level and university.

In her free time she enjoys to sing and read. 

Kathi Thome

Senior Policy and Ethics Editor

Kathi (Katharina) is a 14 year old student from Germany. She is attending to the ninth form of grammar school. Her favourite subjects are science (environmental science), music and sports. In her free time she likes to dance, to read and to meet her friends.

Katie Savva

Senior Biochemistry Editor

Katie is an 18 year old student currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Warwick. She is looking forward to working on all the exciting articles that come through her inbox and spreading the word about how great biochemistry is. Her other passions include music, playing quidditch and programming.

Louise Anderfaas

Senior Blogs Editor

Louise is 16 years old, and a junior in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog and hanging out with her nerdy friends. Based in Westminster, California.

Lucy Zuo

Senior Materials Science Editor

Lucy is a high school student interested in studying chemistry and psychology.  She also loves materials science and is excited to ready and edit articles by enthusiastic young scientists from around the world.

Lydia Sebastian

Senior Physics Editor

Marcus Thome

Senior Environmental Science Editor

Marcus is 16 years old and currently in year 10 at grammar school in Germany. His favourite subjects are natural sciences, sports and languages. In his free time, he enjoys rowing and playing the guitar.

Martand Bhagavatula

Senior Chemistry Editor

Martand is a high school sophomore in California. Prior to being an editor for the YSJ, he explored his scientific interests in various competitions and organizations. Despite his chemistry background, he finds the biology field interesting too, and has explored it further through a summer internship at the University of Southern California’s Fraser Imaging Lab. In his free time, Martand competitively debates, plays basketball, and runs a non-profit organisation.

Nevin Pillai

Senior Engineering Editor

Tobe Chima

Senior Biology Editor

Tobe is currently finishing her last year of secondary school.  She has a great passion for biology and is very active in ensuring that girls appreciate science and know there is a place for them at the forefront of science.  Outside of YSJ, she spends the majority of her time volunteering, conducting research projects in the lab, or taking photos.

Production Team

Julie Hu

Creative Director

Based in Beijing, China.

Umer Hasan

Digital Director

Umer is a proud member of Young Scientists Journal in the last year of secondary school. His interests include computers, photography, and watching movies. He is based in London. 

Charlotte Soin

Lead Content Manager

Charlotte loves being content manager as when reviewing the webpage she gets to read so many interesting articles. She hopes to make science accessible to people of all ages and hopes to spread the message about sustainability which is her other passion.

Lowena Hull

Lead Article Manifester

Lowena uses her computational prowess and godlike command of the English language to ensure articles make it onto the website in one piece. Her interests include computing, manga and Gudetama.

PR and Marketing Team

Eleanor Gibbon

Communications Director

This is Eleanor’s second year as a member of the YSJ team, and as Communications Director she sends out regular updates to the wider YSJ community about the journal’s activities. She is a 19 year old student based in London.

Outreach Team

Caroline Chen

Ambassador to USA

Caroline is an undergraduate student at Columbia University passionate about making positive, global change. From conducting wet-bench research to writing for her college newspaper to advocating health reforms on campus, Caroline utilises multiple perspectives to serve as a leader in her community. A New York native, Caroline is honoured for the opportunity to encourage young scientists from all around the world as the Ambassador to the USA! In her free time, she loves to swim, play guitar, and spend time with family and friends.


Akorede Kalejaiye

Ambassador to Africa

Akorede is budding materials scientist and a data science enthusiast with a BSc. in Physics. He plans to use his background and experience to provide solutions to problems we face in our world.

Kathi Thome

Ambassador to Germany

Kathi (Katharina) is a 14 year old student from Germany. She is attending to the ninth form of grammar school. Her favourite subjects are science (environmental science), music and sports. In her free time she likes to dance, to read and to meet her friends.

Peter He

Head of Careers

Peter used to be the Chief Editor of YSJ, but now heads the careers team.

Esther Thomet

Ambassador to Switzerland

Esther is 16 years old and based in Zurich, Switzerland.  Her favourite subjects are maths, science and history, and in her free time she enjoys dancing and running.  She is passionate about science and is excited to get others involved in the YSJ community!

Muhammad Tayyab Mujahid

Ambassador to Pakistan

Tayyab is a highly driven and motivated Mechanical Engineer. He is an extrovert person with fierce determination and excellent academic achievement. He is a researcher in the field of Astronomy. He tends to solve the greatest unsolved mysteries of the universe and take humanity to the unseen heavens above.

Muhammad Bilal Mujahid

Ambassador to Pakistan

Tanya Singh

Ambassador to India

Tanya Singh is a non-binary writer, editor & activist from Chandigarh, India. They are the author of Heaven is Only a Part of Our Body Where All the Sickness Resides (Ghost City Press, 2018). Their work is forthcoming/appears in Rust+Moth, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Eunoia Review and Rising Phoenix Review, and been recognized by the Times of India, The Great Indian Literary Festival, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, among other places. They are the founding editor of The Cerurove – a progressive literary magazine.

Seung Woo Lee

Ambassador to South Korea

Ahilan Kumaresan

Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Arjun Suri

Ambassador to USA

Cara Nicholson

Ambassador for Chemistry

Clare Sparling

Ambassador for Environmental and Earth Sciences

Muhammad Choudhary

Hub Reporter

Muhammad is an aspiring young scientist who promotes his knowledge and passion for STEM across the region. He is enthusiastic about sciences and in particular enjoys the study of biology and chemistry. Currently, he studies at Bolton School and is in year 9. Muhammad has completed his CREST Bronze Award and is looking forward to creating his masterpiece for his Silver Award. He is the winner of the National Geological Society’s Plate Tectonics Competition. His hobbies include reading, swimming and writing stories. Muhammad is a passionate member of the YSJ team and is looking forward to devising ideas and projects.

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