Taili Gao

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Taili is a member of the class of 2025 at Lexington High School. She is a current student researcher at MIT, a two-time USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, and a British Biology Olympiad Gold Award winner. Outside of biology, she enjoys problem-solving and poetry writing. She is the senior division poetry Second-place winner in the international 2022 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest and a Senior Editor at Polyphony Lit. 

Laura Yang

Director of Graphic Design

Laura is a member of the class of 2025 at Lexington High School. Aside from biology, she is interested in astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Passionate about music, she plays the viola in a chamber group for the Lexington Chamber Music Organization (LCMC) and tutors students on the piano. Laura enjoys playing badminton in her backyard on a sunny day and reading science-fiction books. Her favorite movies are The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inception, Emma., and Little Women (but not in that order.)

Rithika Vutukuri

Social Media Manager

Rithika is a member of the class of 2025 at Lexington High School. She has participated in Relay For Life for over three years, and is the social media manager at Mutation.

Tessla Chan

Executive Editor 

Tess is a student of the class of 2026 at Roslyn High School. She is currently a student researcher at Columbia University and is passionate about learning the complexities of human anatomy & physiology and genetics. Tess is a Regeneron ISEF Grand Award recipient and a National JSHS winner. She enjoys conducting research that focuses on using data science to investigate real-world biological problems. She is also a captain of Roslyn’s Science Olympiad team, where she encourages scientific discovery to her fellow peers. Outside of her studies, you can find her invested in a good novel and experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen.

Dominic Anaya Gulaya

Executive Editor

Dominic, who also goes by Xalli, is a young QTPOC and Disabled butch, and a creative writing student in the class of 2025 at California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley. In his spare time, he volunteers with Food Not Bombs alongside working on the Junior Board of Polyphony Lit and as a writer in residence at Collections of Transience, and has also been published in several literary magazines. He's passionate about neuroscience and neuroplastic pain, writing and journalism, zine-making, bass guitar, and social justice. You can find more of his work and life on Instagram @desertfirelight.

Jaycee Yang

Staff Writer, Graphic Designer

Jaycee is a member of the class of 2025. She is studying in New Zealand and is interested in neuroscience and learning about new concepts in general. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, running, and playing the violin. 

Henry Liu

Outreach, Newsletter Writer/Editor

Henry is a member of the class of 2026 and a student at West Point Grey Academy. He is dedicated to the fields of biology and chemistry. Henry is extremely passionate about cells and genomes, from conducting experiments to doing research projects. Henry is currently a member of the Future Sciences Leaders Program, where he analyzed how water can affect the growth of onions. He is also involved in his school's Service Council, where he started a charity to fundraise at BC Children's Hospital. Aside from his biology, Henry is committed to speech and debate. Having been debating for two years, he has accumulated experience in various national events, such as ranking 4th in the 2023 Canadian National Debate Championship and ranking 7th in ESU nationals. With his biology and speech experiences, Henry is honored to be an administrative member of Mutation.

Eileen Li

Staff Writer, Social Media, 

Article Editor, Newsletter Writer/Editor

Eileen, a student of the class of 2026 at the Dalton School, is driven by her passion for discovering the complex connections between neuroscience and percussion. After her experience shadowing a researcher, she became devoted to understanding the complexities of the human brain. In school, she is currently involved in an Independent Study that delves into the neurobiology and pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease. She is also head of Biochemistry Team, which competes in USABO and USNCO. This summer, she hopes to conduct research on the role of the gene RIT2 on Parkinson’s Disease. Beyond academics, Eileen is also a percussionist at the Juilliard Pre-College. She has participated in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) and is a two-time finalist for the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition. Inspired by her dual passions in neuroscience and music, Eileen founded Healing Grooves, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using music therapy - in the form of original self-made rhythm games and activities - to bring joy and healing to seniors and those impacted by neurodegenerative disease.

Aaron Chang

Staff Writer, 

Article Editor, Newsletter Writer/Editor

Aaron is in the class of 2026 at Palo Alto High School. He is the secretary of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and is interested in cell biology and medicine. He plans to enter the field of healthcare and work with physicians in the future. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano and watching Marvel movies. His favorite piano piece is Chopin: Ballade No. 1. 

Zachary Yuan

Staff Writer & Editor

Zach is a member of the class of 2027. He is passionate about the fields of biology and chemistry, especially in the areas of anatomy, genetics, and cell biology. In his free time, he enjoys playing the saxophone and ultimate frisbee.

Meg Xu

Staff Writer & Editor

Meg is a member of the class of 2026. She is passionate about biology and genetics. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, running, and playing the violin.  

Isabella Hu

Newsletter Writer/Editor, 

Article Editor, Content Writer

Isabella is of the class of 2025.

Rain Cheng

Turning Point (Malaysia)

Rain is a member of Turning Point in Malaysia.

Amy Zhu

Newsletter Writer/Editor

Amy is of the class of 2026