A third year student, Yi-Jyun Luo comes from Taiwan, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in marine resources and a master’s degree in marine biotechnology. He first heard about OIST from his previous advisor, who was one of the speakers invited from around the world to an OIST workshop that takes place every year.
After finding out more about OIST, the choice was a clear one for Yi-Jyun not only for the research being done, but also the people he would work with. “Before joining OIST, I already knew who I wanted to work with as my PhD thesis supervisor … he’s very famous in our field for developmental biology in marine organisms.” Yi-Jyun continues, “I would like to receive more training in genomics and bioinformatics in his unit. The opportunity is what made me really want to come here.”
Yi-Jyun’s current research revolves around sequencing the genome of brachiopods, marine animals which have hard shells on the upper and lower portions of their bodies. When reflecting on what he enjoys most about OIST, he says, “The lack of barriers is great, but the atmosphere is the most important. Everyone encourages you to try, and not to be afraid of failure. You can have any idea you want and the resources to make something new and interesting for science are here.”