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Core Team



Vy is working in a biotech company in Cambridge, UK. She did her MSc and BSc at Imperial College London.

In addition to STEMside, she enjoys creating social media content (@biomedwithvy). By sharing her experience pursuing an education and career in biomedical science, she hopes to inspire women who currently aren't as well-represented in STEM to pursue their scientific journeys.

Outside of the lab, you can find Vy exploring new restaurants and cute cafes, travelling, reading fiction, trying to motivate herself to do some form of exercise, napping or binge watching kdramas.




Vasco is a Scientist at a biotech company. He graduated in MSc Genes, Drugs & Stem Cells from Imperial College London and BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Exeter.

As Vasco continues to embark on his scientific career, he hopes to explore and apply his scientific interests in the context of business development.

During his free time, you can find him at the gym, boxing, travelling, assembling IKEA furniture and enjoying good food.


Jo Wee

Head of Social Media & Outreach

Meet Jo Wee, a graduate of Imperial College London with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. Currently, she's pursuing a career as a STEM editor in educational publishing. 


She embarks on a parallel path as a video editor during weekends, aiming to shed light on the exciting world of STEM courses and pathways. 


She finds joy in staying active, whether it's hitting the gym, dancing, or simply talking nonsense with her housemates.


Oh, she also shares the Vy's passion of binge watching (but she has a thing for Chinese actors/actresses instead). 


She's constantly searching for new people to interview for STEMside's social media, so feel free to hit her up @jowee.ry to arrange something



Head of Sciences

Nataliia has recently earned her BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and is currently pursuing a MSc in Drug Innovation at Utrecht University, in The Netherlands.


In the future, she aspires to build a career in research, with a specific focus on the early stages of pharmaceutical R&D.


In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball at a student association, playing the violin in an orchestra, and spending time with friends, especially eating good food together.


Yuje (Amy)

Head of Public Engagement

Yuje is an undergraduate research student studying Medical Biosciences at Imperial College London.


At STEMside, Yuje is involved in planning for events and forming network with more STEM-related organizations to bring back more exciting opportunities to our audiences!


In her free time, Yuje enjoys illustrating (creating children’s picture books), traveling, photography, singing and much more! Feel free to contact @yujevlogs on instagram if you wish to get in touch with Stemside’s head of public engagement, or to learn more about the life for a medical biosciences degree!

Social Media Team



Meet Nicole, a graduate from the Diploma in Medical Biotechnology in Singapore and aspires to further her studies in Medical/Biological Science in the UK.


Other than science, she also has a profound interest in entrepreneurship and law, hoping to somehow branch these 3 interests in the future.


At STEMside, she hopes to use graphic design and scientific communication as a tool to increase the engagement in prospective and current university students pursuing STEM!


She’s also an avid enjoyer of musicals, dystopian/sci-fi novels & movies, and any form of art!


Carolina Bento is an undergraduate Medical Biosciences student at Imperial College.

At STEMside, she is involved in conducting street interviews in London.

Her passion for biomedical research and desire to join the international community of scientists motivated her to move from Portugal to London and follow this career. She loves to meet new people and learn about science.

Carolina aims of becoming a biomedical researcher, delving into the areas of cancer, immunology and stem cells.

In her free time, you will either find her with her friends exploring the city, or reading a book about biomedicine.



Maria has earned her BSc in Biochemistry from NOVA University Lisbon and is currently pursuing a MSc in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London.


Her move from Portugal to the UK was spiked by the dream of living abroad and travelling as well as by the drive to be involved in world-class research and to be at the forefront of scientific knowledge.


Maria hopes to get her PhD in biomedical sciences studying Ageing Biology and later, work towards developing Anti-Ageing therapeutics.


In her free time, you will find her at the airport, ready to explore new cities and make amazing memories.

Former Contributors 

Sophie Preston – Head of External Outreach (2021)

Lily Jiaqi Cao – External Outreach Associate (2021)

Julia Barret Joly – Chief Editor (2021)

Emma McCarthy – Editor (2021)

Zoe Cheah – Head of Publicity (2021) 

Emily Ng – Publicity Associate (2021)

Sophie Smith – Graphic Designer (2021)

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