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. 

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.

Scarlett Westbrook

Head of Outreach

Scarlett is a science enthusiast with a particular interest in medicine, chemistry and environmental sciences, and is an aspiring surgeon.  She loves working with the people in YSJ to increase the journal’s reach and in her spare time she campaigns for the environment and various political issues.  Based in the West Midlands, England.

Editorial Team

Susan Chen

Executive Physical and Mathematical Sciences Editor

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 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.

Rahul Krishnaswamy

Executive Policy and Ethics Editor

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

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!


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.


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.

Federico Galbiati

Senior Computing Science Editor

Federico was born in Italy and is an international high school student based in Milan.  His main interest is computer science and its applications with AI and IoT to solve everyday problems.  Over the course of the last few years he has won several national and international competitions from organisations including Apple, VEX Robotics, and the Italian National Institute of Higher Mathematics (INdAM).  In his free time, he enjoys cooking food from cultures all over the world, playing tennis with friends, and playing the guitar.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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

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. 

Outreach Team

Chinmayi Balusu

Lead Ambassador to North/South America

Chinmayi is a 16-year-old undergraduate student at Columbia University and based in the United States. She is passionate about hands-on research in the life sciences and also actively advocates for girls in STEM. She enjoys playing soccer, practicing taekwondo, and reading medical fiction.

Michael Flynn

Lead Ambassador to Europe

Michael is 17 and from the west of Ireland. He has an interest in physics, mathematics and chemistry and wants to study engineering as he enjoys working with machines and designing machinery and robots. In his free time, he likes to read, draw and design. He also spends his time volunteering with charities, he loves seeing the impact the work can have on the community and the wider world. He joined the journal to make an impact and help promote his passion for science in Ireland and abroad.

Sharon Ramusi

Lead Ambassador to Africa

Sharon is 16 years old and is a grade 10 student at Queen Elizabeth High School based in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Sharon loves to solve challenges and always tries to do her best at everything she does.  She is very interested in Biomedical Engineering and Software Engineering and her mother is her biggest motivation.  During her free time, Sharon loves to hang out with her family, run, listen to music or read novels.  Sharon says “l was born loving science”.

Shannon Rennie

Subject Ambassadors Lead

Shannon is an A level student with an interest in astrophysics and the planetary sciences. Outside of academics, she enjoys coding, reading and learning languages. Based in London, England.

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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