Dani Zelli

Education Programmes Facilitator

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Dani runs many of the action-packed science workshops in the L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre. She also helps to organise, manage and support the Summer Schools and Family Fun days.


After attempting to study the International Baccalaureate at Henley College (and failing quite badly.) I completed a degree in Biological Sciences at The University of Kent. After uni, I moved to the US for a couple of years. I've always enjoyed working in a science environment, and for a brief six months studied microbiology at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, focusing on circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria. Next stop, was New York, where one of my jobs was to give talks on Lepidoptera and then Arachnids at the American Museum of Natural History where we worked with live species and taught about them. I also spent time at the Rockefeller University researching novel treatments for depression using L-acetyl carnitine as an epigenetic factor in changing symptoms. I love bringing science to life for people and have lots of experience in giving science shows to the public and schools through my previous work at the Science Museum and my current role at the Ri. 

Scientific inspiration

Electromagnetism blows me away. I mean it’s pretty cool that I work at the Ri where it was first discovered. I still find it hard to fathom how these things are related. It’s basically magic and scientists are wizards!

Best thing about the Ri

Everyone here is an absolute dream. No one’s even paying me to say this, it’s true, they’re lovely, fun, interesting people and there’s a definite common love for the extraordinary of science.