2017-2018 committee:

Jakub Stefaniak

President – Jack Stefaniak, New College

2nd Year doctoral student in Systems Biology. Biotechnology and Pharmacology are my forte; you can usually find me with a copy of New Scientist looking at the latest developments in the two fields. In my spare time I enjoy boxing, rock climbing and generally staying fit, and I try to use scientific literature to help me find the most effective workouts or nutritional tips. I can also go on for hours about the health benefits of celery.

Nessa Carson

Team Leader and Vice President – Nessa Carson, University College (alumna)

Chemistry alumna of University College. I invite speakers, coordinate the team’s activities, and work with our committee and members to support the OUSS mission statement, “for the public dissemination of science”.

Out of OUSS, I work in the drug discovery industry with my army of kickass chemistry robots. My hobbies include going to conferences, looking up new conferences to attend, and wishing I were at conferences.

Monin Ung

Treasurer and Academic Secretary (shared with Deepanshu) – Monin Ung, Keble College

I like to research into futurist trends driving the world. Currently on the executive MBA programme at Said Business School looking at strategies affecting the future of different sectors. My passion lies in promoting women in STEMS for shaping a better future. If there’s any luxury of time left I’d very much hope to complete writing my Future Women book.

Deepanshu Singh

Publicity Officer and Academic Secretary (shared with Monin)
– Deepanshu Singh, St Anne’s College

I am a first year doctoral student in the Department of Engineering Science. I am working with Rolls-Royce to improve the efficiency of gas turbine aircraft engines. Before starting my DPhil at Oxford, I did my undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis. Taking inspiration from Elon Musk, I realised that an idea that may be laughable today might go on to change the world tomorrow. I have often fondly imagined a world with no cars and no roads, but only ubiquitous air vehicles!

Dr Vijay Sharma

Secretary – Vijay Sharma, St Hugh’s College

Dr Vijay Sharma MD, DM is a senior healthcare administrator, pharmaceutical company consultant, and the founder of Oxford Healthcare Innovation in India. He is now an executive MBA student at the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Peter Liu

Director of Events – Peter Jianrui Liu, Jesus College

I am currently reading for a D.Phil. in Clinical Medicine co-supervised by Profs. Jane McKeating and Sir Peter Ratcliffe to explore how viruses exploit oxygen sensing pathways to induce cancer. I completed two years of the Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Toronto and will return after my time in Oxford to complete the final two years as a part of my physician-scientist training. As a Canadian who grew up in the Rocky Mountains, naturally my hobbies include hiking, traveling, and skiing.

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Xuan Wang

Sponsorship Executive – Xuan Wang

Xuan is a Lecturer in Economics at Madgalen College, Oxford, PhD (DPhil) Candidate in Financial Economics at the Said Business School. Xuan’s research focuses on the nature and creation of fiat money, financial stability and the sustainability of currency unions. Xuan teaches PPE students Macroeconomics, Quantitative Economics, and MPhil Economics students and DPhil (PhD) Financial Economics Advanced Asset Pricing. Xuan also works as a seminar leader at the Blavatnik School of Government, and a TA for Professor John Vickers’ Macroeconomic course.

More broadly, Xuan is also interested in the intersection between biological evolution and social processes, between Chan Buddhism and the theoretical physics on perception and nature of time, origin of the universe and consciousness. Xuan is a visiting scholar to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

In Xuan’s spare time, he enjoys yoga, meditation, calligraphy and gym. Xuan is exploring the techniques in meditation to help with cancer patients’ recovery. Xuan is a Chan Buddhist.

Eric Fu

Membership Officer – Eric Fu

Eric is a first year undergraduate at LMH. He is very interested in the automation and learning how to build bridges (both between objects and people) as an engineer. In his spare time, he enjoys sleeping, failing to compute matlab programs and cycling to St Hilda’s for unspeakable acts of science (shhhh).

Raymond Ho

Undergrad Liaison Officer – Raymond Man Him Ho

Raymond Ho is a first year student studying experimental psychology at University College. He is passionate about cognitive neuroscience and neuropharmacology. In his spare time, he destroys people who say psychology is not a science and cooks a lot (unfortunately for his friends).

Suer Zhou

Membership Secretary – Suer Zhou,
St Anne’s College

I’m a first-year master’s (by research) student in Materials Science at Oxford University. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In my spare time, you can often find me reading the latest Scientific American magazine or watching sci-fi films. My hobbies also include cooking, playing tennis and volleyball.

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)