2020-2021 committee:

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President Luna Li, University College

Hi, I am Luna! For those of you who doesn’t know me, I am a second year undergraduate studying Biomedical Sciences at University College. I really hope that in the coming year, along with the rest of the OUSS committee team, we will be able to make Science Soc a better platform for anyone and everyone who is interested in science. If you have any queries or suggestions for the committee team, feel free to drop me a message on Facebook or send us an email through the Society’s official email address!


President-Elect – Carlos Outeiral Rubiera, Green Templeton College

I am a third-year DPhil student in the Oxford Protein Informatics Group. I work developing algorithms for protein structure prediction, using a variety of multidiscplinary techniques — from quantum computing, to machine learning, to insights from molecular biology. Outside of the research world, I am passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and cooking.


Treasurer – Sara Salim, New College

Hello! I’m Sara and I’m a third year physicist, studying at New College. I think it’s important that as many people as possible have access to science, especially at a higher level. Other than physics, I enjoy sightseeing, discovering new shows and widening access.

Secretary and Sponsorship – Hamzah Mahmood, Balliol College

Hi, my name is Hamzah and I am a second year undergrad studying Physics and Philosophy at Balliol. When I’m not stuck on problem sets and essays, you’ll probably find me at a random sports society trying out yet another club. This year of course, I am committed to OUSS as the Secretary and Sponsorship Officer – I hope to increase the reach of our events by getting more sponsorship from a variety of sectors.


Publicity Officer – Dilpreet Bahia, Magdalen College

Hi, my name is Dilpreet and I’m a third-year undergraduate studying biochemistry at Magdalen College. Some of my favourite topics within my subject include immunology and glycobiology. In my free time at uni I enjoy playing football and netball as well as attending various society events.

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Diversity Advisor – Gurpreet Bharj, St Cross’ College

I am a third year doctoral student in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. I am looking at the host-immune response on a common childhood disease called Acute Otitis Media (AOM) (also commonly known as glue ear). I am using multidisciplinary approaches to study this interaction, including super high resolution microscopy. I did an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences in Oxford Brookes University. I followed this with a Masters in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London. Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I completed one year internship in a biopharmaceutical company, Ipsen, who specialize in using botulinum neurotoxins for therapeutics. In my spare time, I love long distance running and learning salsa dancing.


Director of Events – Aleksandra Zawadzka, Wadham College

I am a second year undergraduate studying chemistry at Wadham College. I enjoy learning more about sciences and hope to help the SciSoc in continuing to deliver the most interesting content to all our members. In my free time I like doing handcrafts and practicing water sports.


Membership Officer – Chloé Cassaro

My name is Chloé, I am a postgraduate, finishing my first year of an Interdisciplinary Biosciences DTP. My focus is on bacterial responses to stresses, and I mostly use exciting and cutting edge microscopy techniques to decipher then. I’m a Social Sec in my college, Linacre. Other than that, I am French and I love cooking and baking. I am really delighted to be part of the OUSS committee this year!

Previous committee members of the Oxford University Scientific Society can be viewed in the Committee archive.

Joining the committee

There is a high turnover of committee members, so we are constantly seeking committed, resourceful people to join the team of students who are responsible for the running of one of Oxford’s oldest and largest societies. Elections are held in Week 8 of each term during our termly general meeting (TGM). If you would like to get involved with Oxford University Scientific Society, contact us at for more information.


Senior Member Professor Kay Davies DBE, FRS FMedSci (Genetics)
Patron Professor Peter Atkins FRSC (Chemistry)
Patron Professor Sir Colin Blakemore FRS FMedSci FRSB FBPhS (Physiology)
Patron Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS (Mathematics)
Patron Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS (Mathematics)