2019-2020 committee:

President – Deepanshu Singh, St Anne’s College

I am a second 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!


Vice PresidentMatthew Raybould, Merton College

I am a third year DPhil student in the Oxford Protein Informatics Group based at the Department of Statistics. I work with Professor Charlotte Deane and four industrial companies developing software to facilitate in silico therapeutic antibody design. In my spare time I play cello with the Oxford University Press orchestra, and play floorball and badminton at Iffley Road.



Treasurer – David Cao

I am a first year DPhil student reading for Clinical Medicine co-supervised by Profs. Persephone Borrow, Dimitra Peppa and Tao Dong to investigate the alternation in functions of CD8 T cells in HIV infections and to exploit this branch of immunity to combat the virus. I did my undergraduate in biomedical science in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I am fond of playing the go game during my spare time. I also enjoy travelling, hiking and swimming.


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Secretary – Suer Zhou, St Anne’s College

Suer Zhou is a second-year D.Phil student studying Materials Science. She enjoys going to scientific talks and exhibitions. Her favorite topics include AI, quantum computing, space (and time!) travel, and neuroscience. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking. She also loves to play volleyball.



Publicity Officer – Luiza Bondila

I am a 4th year DPhil student researching the supramolecular chemistry of anions. I love cute animals,  popularising science and learning useless trivia. At any given time, you can find me fussing random animals on the street, headbanging to obscure black/death metal bands or making memes. Chemistry is love, chemistry is life!

Sponsorship Officer – Nesrine Ramadan

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Webmaster – Priyadarshini Chatterjee

I am a second year undergraduate Biochemistry student. I am extremely interested in the molecular mechanisms and metabolism of biological systems. I am passionate about scientific outreach and communication. In my spare time I enjoy doodling (read procrastinating) and playing piano and recorder.


Membership Officer – Jack Hardwick

I’m a fourth-year DPhil student in the chemistry department. My research focuses on the effects of epigenetic modifications on DNA structure. When not doing that, I’m often playing, or trying to restore, my beloved old upright piano.


Audio Visual Officer – Litong Jiang

Litong Jiang is a fourth-year PhD student. She is passionate about popular science and fancy technologies. In her spare time, she enjoys taking photos, traveling and visiting museums.


Events and Membership Officer – Cristina Castro Vargas

I am a 2nd year DPhil student in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, investigating how low-temperature reactions can be used to design crystalline materials with new or enhanced properties. Before coming to Oxford, I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany. When I’m not in the lab, I like to explore the world one new word and one unusual dish at a time.

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)