2 May 2024

Meet Jeevana Thavarajah


Early Life

Since primary school, I have always had an interest in science, especially when doing laboratory work.  Studying International Baccalaureate in secondary school allowed me to become a well-rounded person learning a variety of subjects and doing activities outside of school to build on my diploma. During this time, I had a great passion for cell and molecular biology and that led me to the decision to study biological sciences.



In 2023, I graduated with a BSc in Biology from Queen Mary University of London and now I am currently studying for a masters specialising in stem cell biology at King’s College London. This path has been nothing short of amazing as I navigate the complex journey from bench to market, exploring the transformative potential of stem cells in healthcare.

In addition to my academic pursuits, I am deeply passionate about volunteering and have engaged in a range of impactful activities. From volunteering at hospitals to supporting charities like Anthony Nolan, and even serving as a STEM online judge this year for the Big Bang competition sponsored by EngineeringUK, each experience has been incredibly fulfilling. These opportunities have not only allowed me to broaden my horizons but have also encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new things.


Scientia News

As a passionate advocate for STEM education and representation, I am thrilled to share my journey with Scientia News, a non-profit organisation I founded at age 21 in late 2022.  In my work with Scientia News, I’m proud to lead a diverse team of over 60 volunteers, including university students and graduates. Our mission is to provide free articles and resources for the STEM, Medicine, and Dentistry community and beyond. The main aim of the website is to help share the latest discoveries, breakthroughs, and news in STEM, Medicine and Dentistry.  Scientia News also serves as a valuable platform for seeking advice from peers, providing a useful tool for knowledge enhancement. With free and comprehensive resources available, it caters to students globally, offering additional support for research and revision purposes.


As a team, we also help by giving out free CV and personal statement services to help people apply for jobs and/or courses across the UK.

I believe that scientific writing and journalism are underrated aspects of the STEM, Medical, and Dental industries that deserve more recognition.

Leading this initiative has been a rewarding experience, allowing me to connect with talented individuals and witness their contributions come to life. I am grateful for my dedicated team, who are so supportive of my vision and a massive thanks for their commitment and enthusiasm to drive Scientia News forward.  I’m excited to continue expanding Scientia News and making a positive impact in the STEM community.

Overall, my personal and academic  journey definitely has been a whirlwind, but a rewarding one. I have learnt many things along the way to shape who I am today and still am. I hope one day it all pays off!



Coming from a Tamilian background, my family fled from Sri Lanka to the UK during a period of war, starting a whole new life from scratch. Their resilience and determination inspire me every day to work hard and never give up. As the first person in my family to have graduated and also representing myself as a young Tamil woman in STEM, I hope to inspire other Tamil and south asian girls to believe in themselves. I understand the significance of representation and the impact it can have on future generations.




To all the women in STEM, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, my advice is this: believe in yourself and your abilities – there will always be waves in your journey but keep thinking about your end goal, and never underestimate the value of your voice and experiences. Embrace your unique talents and qualities, and don’t let others diminish your goals or individuality. It’s okay to stumble and falter along the way. What matters is that we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and continue moving forward, one step at a time.

Let’s continue breaking barriers and paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable STEM community.


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