The Young Scientists Journal Team

Team Leaders

Celestine Wenardy

Chief Editor

Celestine is a talented young scientist who lives in Indonesia, and has significant experience in original research and publication, having recently worked to research affordable methods for non-invasive blood glucose concentration monitoring for diabetics, a project which is now in development. She is passionate about inviting and consequently involving the youth in STEM. 

Nethmi Tikiribandara

Deputy Chief Editor

Writing and science are two of Nethmi’s greatest passions, and so the Young Scientists Journal brings her great joy which she loves to share with others. Her aim is to spread awareness of this great tool that young people can use of cultivate their love of science and writing, as she has. Based in the South of England. 

Sona Popat

Head of Editorial

Sona is a biological natural sciences undergrad at the University of Cambridge with an interest in biochemistry, plant pathology, and science communication. When she’s not freaking out over cool women in STEM, she can usually be found playing the ukulele, talking about bees, or growing her collection of plants (pun intended!)

Federico Galbiati

Head of Production

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.

Elizabeth Barek

Head of Outreach

Elizabeth is an 18-year-old IB student based in London, England, studying Chemistry, Biology, Geography, English, Maths & Japanese. She is interested in the physical sciences – hoping to work in Astrochemistry & Chemistry research in the future. In her free time, she plays Netball & Rugby and enjoys doing general STEM outreach such as teaching herself to code and travelling.

Editorial Team

Fabeha Shafaat

Executive Editor

Fabeha is a Year 11 student at Bolton School Girls’ Division, one of the largest in the UK. She is an ambitious and diligent girl who would like to pursue a career in Medicine. She has been committed to volunteering for a long time in different sectors, to help less fortunate people, has experience with working with professionals to influence her ideas and make her visions reality, as she was part of a Young Enterprise group last year, has completed Work Experience in health care and educational sectors, has enjoyed working in a team when completing her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, has won a public speaking competition last year, her creative thinking and leadership skills flourished when she was the Form Captain last year, and particularly since she has held the position of School Council in Years 9 and 10, and has achieved a trophy for a creative writing piece last year, while having her poem published into a book recently. Fabeha seizes the education and enrichment opportunities given to her, relishes them and is dedicated and determined to succeed.

Benjamin Schwabe

Executive Chemical and Life Sciences Editor

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.

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 the lab, or taking photos.

Adam Khan-Qureshi

Executive 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!


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 Chemistry and 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.

Harriet Wood

Senior Computing Science Editor
Harriet is a 17 year old student currently studying A-levels at Exeter Mathematics School. She is particularly interested in cybersecurity, swarm technology, AI, and the ethical challenges of the changing world of technology. In her free time, she enjoys playing violin and piano, learning about exciting new scientific discoveries and reading.

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.

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.

Mehek Dedhia

Senior Biology Editor

Mehek is currently a first year student at the University of Pennsylvania.  She’s interested in neuroscience, specifically in neurodegenerative disorders.  In her spare time, she likes to read or hang out with friends.  Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sarvani Kolachana

Senior Mathematics Editor

Currently a 16 year-old high school senior in India, Sarvani is happiest when she’s working on interdisciplinary projects, interweaving art, humanities and sciences together. When she’s not finding ways to quantify designs using math or learning about art, she’s sketching or reading. 

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. 

Nevin Pillai

Senior Engineering Editor

Nevin is 18 years old and will be joining the University of Cambridge to study engineering in October 2019.  He is enthusiastic about all scientific concepts but is particularly interested in mechanics, pure maths and astronomy.  In his spare time, he likes to read and play tennis.  Based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Daniyal Ashraf

Senior Medicine Editor

Daniyal is an A-level student at Bolton School hoping to pursue medicine in the future.  He is particularly interested by research into genetics and is passionate about helping those suffering from age-related illnesses.  Outside of academia, he likes to spend the majority of his time volunteering, playing rugby, acting and reading.  Based in Manchester, England.

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.


Ailís Keyes

Ailís Keyes

Senior Physics Editor

Ailís is a 16 year old A Level student from Ireland studying Physics, Maths, Geography and Business Studies. She is also learning Irish and Mandarin Chinese. In the future, Ailís hopes to work as a meteorologist. When she’s not studying, she enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and binge-watching National Geographic videos.

Production Team

Melissa Magg

Lead Artist

Melissa has loved studying Fine Art and Biology at A level, and she enjoys bringing both subjects together to create a compelling article. Her dream is to explore and develop her artistic ideas whilst studying Fine Art at University, but her ultimate future goal is to create an impact on the world we live in, through the means of art.

Flynn Cowell

Lead Software Developer

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

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.

Clare Sapling

Print Publication Lead

Clare Sparling is a passionate environmentalist but loves all things science. She is based near Washington D.C., United States and will be heading to Duke University in the fall. Outside of the journal, Clare enjoys cooking, reading, and working with kids.

PR and Marketing Team

Catherine Barros

Social Media Lead

Catherine is a London-based student currently studying biology, chemistry and psychology at A- level.  Catherine loves being part of Young Scientists Journal and looks forward to continuing her role on the team.


Deena Haque

Creative Content Lead

Sanya Jain

Communications Lead

Sanya has always been passionate about STEM and is excited to be a part of the YSJ team.  She enjoys freelance writing, travelling and volunteering for her community.  She looks forward to working with other students to advocate the importance of scientific literacy. 

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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!!

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