Former team member

Bethany Robinson

Website Administrator,
Creator, Designer

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Bethany is an Abstract Maths student at Stellenbosch University, but originally from East London in the Eastern Cape. She has always enjoyed Maths, but also always had a passion for any and all creative pursuits – art, music, you name it, she’s probably dabbled in it!

Bethany joined the Wisaarkhu team at the end of 2019 with no experience in website creation (with WordPress, by coding, or otherwise), but with an itch to learn and help. Being the first and only website she’s ever created or run, it has given her many busy days and sleepless nights, but also much satisfaction and growth.

She hopes to one day go into teaching for Mathematics (either high school or university level). She feels teaching is one of the most rewarding ways to serve people with time, knowledge and creativity.

Dr. Christine Marques

Consultant

Department of Neurobiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

After graduating with a degree in biotechnology engineering at Polytech Marseille, Christine Marques completed her PhD in Neuroscience (INSERM U1118) at the University of Strasbourg. During her PhD, Christine deciphered the molecular mechanisms that selectively trigger cortical neurons dysfunction and degeneration during the course of ALS and improved characterization of the cortical pathology in this disease. She developed a protocol that allowed, for the first time, the transcriptomic analyses of pure populations of cortical neurons isolated from the cerebral cortex of adult ALS mice  model at different stages of the disease.

Christine joined the Wainger lab as a postdoc, where she is interested in applying stem cell biology to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of protein spread involved in ALS. Christine received the Milton Safenowitz Postdoctoral Fellowship from the ALS Association in 2019.

Laylaa Motala

Marketing

Engineering Department,
Stellenbosch University,
South Africa

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Summayah Ajimudin

Marketing

Mathematics and Computer Sciences 3rd year STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

Summayah is an aspiring Mathematician and Computer Scientist. She enjoys building ideas and digitizing them. Her biggest interest is Set Thoery and how it can be used to explain everything. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stellenbosch University majoring in Computer Sciences and Abstract Mathematics. Just a girl from a small farm town with dreams, aspirations and passion.

Artists

Nandan Malhotra

Illustrator (Memes)

Department of Mathematics
IISER Mohali, India

Nandan is a student of mathematics at IISER Mohali, India, and is currently working on his master’s thesis. He appreciates poetry and art, and believes that memes as a medium of expression can help highlight numerous social issues that exist in the society in a satirical way. He uses memes as a tool to showcase various misconceptions or problems that exist within the world of mathematics, and uses them to connect with a wider audience.

Ethan Quirke

Illustrator (Memes)

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science,
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Ethan Quirke is currently studying Abstract Mathematics and Computer Science. He originally was doing only Computer science, but took Maths along with it as a possibility as he had some skill in it and enjoyed it, but he didn’t really see the value in it.  At the end of his second year, he took a module Linear Algebra, and this was unknowingly his first encounter with real Abstract Mathematics. It resonated with him quite a bit! After some researching he then decided to change his course to Mathematics with Computer Science. His interest in Mathematics continually grows and he is very interested in the possibility of pursuing it further. He also have a keen interest in Psychology, which is quite stimulated by him being a bit more of an intuitive-feeling type of person, and so he is very interested in how these two fields come together! As hobbies, he enjoys skating, music, non-stop talking with friends and anything to do with animals!

Lourens Van Niekerk

Poet

MSc Mathematics,
University of Göttingen, Germany

Lourens is a passionate mathematical hippy who currently lives on his family farm near Kimberley with their pet dogs, springbok, warthog and lamb. He currently pursues his Honours in Mathematics at Stellenbosch University and is the 2020 chairperson of SUMS (Stellenbosch University Mathematics Society). His poetry serves as a means to balance his mathematical career with linguistic art.

Aishwarya Viswamitra

Poet

3rd year BS-MS student at IISER Mohali, India

Aishwarya Viswamitra is a poet, journalist and English teacher. She is passionate about science communication, whether it be through well-researched articles or a spoken word poem. Along with pursuing sci comm via social media management and journalism, she is completing her masters degree in Biology at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali.

In her free time, Aishwarya can be found giving people existential crises on her Instagram page @_.twoinabillion or nursing a runny nose (she’s allergic to cats and has one). A passionate foodie with a distaste for cooking, she will never be found in the kitchen unless she’s seated at the dining table.

Her goal is to continue to share people’s journeys through her writings while figuring out her own, one article at a time.

Cayla Basson

Illustrator, Artist

Visual Communication
Design Student,
Stellenbosch University,
South Africa

Cayla Basson is a designer who works with Wisaarkhu to add a visual twist to their articles.

She believes in ethical design with a spectacular focus on the small details to ensure a successful end product.

Cayla has secured a spot in the top ten best designers amongst her peers. She has also landed one of five spots in the international “IF” poster exhibition, hosted by the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (PJAIT) and European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC-Warsaw), to be exhibited in Poland.

Cayla is a third-year Visual Communication Design student from Stellenbosch University. She is working towards her bachelor’s degree and expects to take her education further to ensure the best quality designs her skills have to offer.

Miekie Verster

Illustrator, Artist

Visual Communication
Design Student,
Stellenbosch University,
South Africa

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HOSANA RANAIVO

Poet

PhD Student in Mathematics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Hosana is soft-spoken yet candid female poet, who draws inspiration from her background in rural Madagascar where she seeks to uplift and inspire other young children to fight the scourge of poverty that bedevils society. She is also a PhD candidate University of Stellenbosch in the department of Mathematics. There she continues to engage with other young people on various pertinent themes during various activities such as choir, hiking and poetry sessions.

Editors