Please note: Acceptance to any research unit at OIST is at the discretion of the faculty.  For each application round only a limited number of interns will be admitted.  Not all available faculty will be able to accept an intern.  Projects listed below are subject to change.  OIST Faculty will assign work to research interns as appropriate, in discussion with each intern. 

Professor  Unit Name

 

Starting between 

Oct 2022-Mar2023

 

Starting between 

Apr-Sep 2023

Faculty Research Interests and Project Information

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Ugur Abdulla Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Unit 1 position  maximum 2 positions  maximum The aim of the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations (PDE) unit is to reveal and analyze the mathematical principles reflecting natural phenomena expressed by partial differential equations. Research focuses on fundamental analysis of PDEs, regularity theory of elliptic and parabolic PDEs, with special emphasis on the regularity of finite boundary points and the point at ∞, its measure-theoretical, probabilistic and topological characterization, well-posedness of PDE problems in domains with non-smooth and non-compact boundaries, global uniqueness, analysis and classification of singularities, asymptotic laws for diffusion processes, regularity theory of nonlinear degenerate and singular elliptic and parabolic PDEs, free boundary problems, optimal control of free boundary systems with distributed parameters. Current areas of interest include Potential Theory, Harmonic Analysis, Probability Theory, Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control, Optimization, Mathematical Biosciences and Quantum Biology. Some of the current research projects in Applied Mathematics include laser ablation of biomedical tissues; preventing aerodynamic stall by in-flight ice accretion in the aerospace industry; cancer detection through Electrical Impedance Tomography and optimal control theory; identification of parameters in large-scale models of systems biology; optimal control of reactive oxygen species in quantum biology.
David Armitage Integrative Community Ecology Unit 2 positions  maximum 2 positions  maximum Our unit studies ecological and evolutionary processes at population, community, and ecosystem scales. 
Potential projects could include field, lab, or modeling studies of biotic interaction, community-ecosystem linkages, species coexistence, community assembly, landscape genetics, plant-microbe interactions, and experimental evolution.
Mahesh Bandi Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit No availability 2 positions  maximum Our group works in experimental nonlinear, non-equilibrium, and soft matter physics, broadly defined. We currently focus on four strongly overlapping themes: (1) Statistical Hydrodynamics, (2) Mechanics of Disordered Media, (3) Fluctuations in Renewable Energy, and (4) Quantitative Life Sciences. There are several projects for an interested intern in all these four themes.
Thomas Bourguignon Evolutionary Genomics Unit 1 position  maximum 1 position  maximum

The topic of the project will be determined according to the research interest of the intern. Examples of research projects are: comparative genomics of termites, coevolution between termites and the intracellular parasites Wolbachia and Cardinium, coevolution between termites and their gut prokaryotes.

Thomas Busch Quantum Systems 2 positions  maximum 2 positions  maximum Projects of theoretical nature in the area of ultra cold atoms, quantum information and quantum engineering. Students should have a background in physics and during their time with us will get an overview of the current state of the area, and do analytical or numerical work on a project related to a currently ongoing research project, depending on their interest.
Pinaki Chakraborty Fluid Mechanics Unit (Unit Video) 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Projects in turbulent flows in many applications.
Carlos Cid Applied Cryptography Unit No availability No availability My main interest and area of expertise is cryptography. I lead the "applied cryptography unit", which investigates the design and analysis of modern cryptographic primitives and schemes used to protect the confidentiality and integrity of data – at rest, being communicated or computed upon – both in the classical and the quantum settings. Specific areas of interest include the algebraic cryptanalysis of symmetric and asymmetric key algorithms, design and analysis of primitives for privacy-preserving cryptographic mechanisms (eg secure computation schemes), as well as the design and analysis of quantum-safe cryptographic constructions. Another area of interest is cyber-economics: the intersection between cyber security / cryptography and economics. 
Keshav Dani Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Projects available in two-dimensional materials and energy materials using techniques in ultrafast spectroscopy, photoemission spectroscopy and computational data analysis (e.g. using Matlab). Students with a prior background in these fields will be competitive.
Erik De Schutter Computational Neuroscience Unit No availability 2 positions maximum We use computational, data-driven methods to study how neurons and microcircuits in the brain operate. We are interested in the interaction between fundamental properties like morphology or excitability and neural functions like information processing or learning. Most of our models are about the cerebellum or hippocampus because they have been studied extensively, allowing for detailed modeling at many different levels of complexity. More recently our focus shifted to nanoscale modeling of neurons, astrocytes and synapses.
Ulf Dieckmann Complexity Science and Evolution Unit 3 positions maximum 3 positions maximum We welcome interns enthusiastic about getting to know research in complexity science and evolution, including links with theoretical physics, applied mathematics, computer science, ecology, socio-economics, and game theory. Projects can be co-designed according to mutual interests in the following research areas and beyond:
  1. Social dilemmas and governance of common goods
  2. Biodiversity dynamics and speciation
  3. Sustainable fisheries management and fishing-induced evolution
  4. Systemic risk and network dynamics
  5. Evolutionary community ecology and eco-evolutionary vegetation dynamics
  6. Adaptive dynamics theory and models
  7. Simplifying spatial complexity
  8. Disease ecology and evolution
Kenji Doya Neural Computation Unit   (Unit Video) No availability No availability

Projects in computational neuroscience and brain-inspired artificial intelligence.

Evan Economo Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit  (Unit Video) 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Projects  are related to evolution, ecology, biodiversity:  population genetics, morphological evolution, biogeography, 3D imaging and modeling, community ecology of ants.
Artur Ekert Quantum Information Security Unit TBD TBD  
David Elkouss Networked Quantum Devices Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Looking for enthusiastic students from computer science, mathematics, and physics. The projects can be in different areas of theoretical quantum computer science such as quantum cryptography, quantum error correction, or quantum information theory. Projects will be part of our larger research agenda and can be part of collaborations with experimental groups.
Dmitry Feichtner-Kozlov Applied Topology Unit No availability No availability  
Yejun Feng Electronic and Quantum Magnetism Unit No availability 2 positions maximum There are two research directions in this unit. The first is on high temperature solution growth and characterizations of single crystals, with a special focus on quantum magnetism. Students with physics, materials science, and chemistry background are all welcome. The second direction involves microwave-based surface acoustic wave device engineering. Students with background in physics, materials science, and engineering are very welcome.
Eliot Fried Mathematics, Mechanics and Materials Unit 1 position maximum 2 positions maximum

Theory, simulation, and simple experiments focused on physical and biological processes with interesting geometrical or topological features, including the formation of holes during the growth of the "Swiss cheese plant" (genus monstera), the water driven erosion of stone, the formation of ridges and cracks on the bark of growing trees, and the healing of punctured soap films.

Tom Froese Embodied Cognitive Science Unit No availability 1 position maximum
  1.  swarm robotics to study the self-organization of social complexity;
  2.  human-computer interaction studies to investigate how digital technology becomes incorporated   into our behavior;
  3.  EEG hyperscanning experiments to study the neural underpinnings of social interaction;
  4.  sensory substitution studies to investigate the dynamics of perceptual learning.
Tomoki Fukai  Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum
  1.  computational neuroscience models of cognitive function.
  2.  mathematical/biological mechanisms of learning.
  3.  analysis of neural activity data for exploring neural code.
Izumi Fukunaga Sensory and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit No availability No availability  
Gustavo Gioia Continuum Physics Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum The mechanics of solids and fluids
Yukiko Goda Synapse Biology Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Projects are available to study
  1. The organization and signaling of astrocytes that shape synaptic circuit function
  2. The role of sleep molecules in synapse homeostasis
Igor Goryanin Biological Systems Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Shinobu Hikami Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Unit No availability No availability Random matrix theory, conformal bootstrap method, modular form and knot polynomials.
Philipp Höhn Qubits and Spacetime Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Research on quantum reference frames, relational quantum dynamics, edge modes in gauge theory and gravity, finite region thermodynamics, interplay of quantum correlations and geometry (see website for more details on unit's research).
Filip Husnik Evolution, Cell Biology, and Symbiosis Unit 3 positions maximum 3 positions maximum

Projects related to genomics and evolutionary cell biology of diverse symbioses (in deep sea protists, insects, corals, etc.) are available depending on interests of the intern.

Hiroki Ishikawa Immune Signalling Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Identification and analysis of key regulators of immune responses that are relevant to various diseases.
Ryota Kabe Organic Optoelectronics Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum

Development of organic glow-in-the-dark systems including organic synthesis and optical measurements.

Julia Khusnutdinova Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit 3 positions  maximum 3 positions  maximum Stimuli-responsive polymers containing dynamic transition metal complexes; Homogeneous hydrogenation and dehydrogenation using earth-abundant metals (Fe, Mn); dynamic metal complexes and small molecule activation, as well as many other projects related to the use of transition metal complexes in catalysis, bond activation and stimuli-responsive polymers. The work involves organic and organometallic synthesis. Check more details at https://groups.oist.jp/cccu/research.
Hiroaki Kitano Integrated Open Systems Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum My unit will focus on general areas of AI for Scientific Discovery, Aging, and Microbiome.
Tomomi Kiyomitsu Cell Division Dynamics Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum See unit website (https://groups.oist.jp/cddu) for details.
Fyodor Kondrashov Evolutionary and Synthetic Biology Unit 3 positions maximum 3 positions maximum All students are encouraged to design and create their own project, or choose among many in the lab. We are interested in the study of fitness landscapes, marine, fungal and avian genomics, population genetics, conservation biology, bioinformatics and synthetic biology.
Keiko Kono Membranology Unit No availability No availability See unit website for details.
Denis Konstantinov Quantum Dynamics Unit 1 position maximum 2 positions maximum Experimental research on electrons on liquid helium system, in particular its implementation for quantum computing.
Akihiro Kusumi Membrane Cooperativity 1 position maximum 1 position maximum See unit website for details.
Bernd Kuhn Optical Neuroimaging 1 position maximum 2 positions maximum

Project involves training in animal surgery, in vivo two-photon imaging, and/or data analysis dependent on the interest and background of the applicant. Applicants who might want to join the OIST Graduate Program in the field of Neuroscience are specifically encouraged to apply.

Vincent Laudet

Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum  
Paola Laurino Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Different projects on enzymes evolution and design, e.g. protein engineering for biocatalysis or reconstruction of ancient folds. Requires some experience in organic chemistry or molecular biology or biochemistry.
Qing Liu Geometric Partial Differential Equations Unit 1 position maximum 2 positions maximum We adopt the viscosity solution theory and other related methods to study nonlinear partial differential equations such as surface evolution equations, Hamilton-Jacobi equations, p-Laplace equations for applications in optimal control, game theory, image processing, machine learning and so on. We also have research projects on differential equations in general metric spaces in connection with topics in optimal transport and data science.
Christine Luscombe

pi-Conjugated Polymers Unit

1 position maximum 1 position maximum Projects will be in the general area of semiconducting polymer synthesis and their applications. Please refer to unit website (https://groups.oist.jp/picpu) for more details.
Nicholas Luscombe Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum See unit website for details.
Ichiro Maruyama Information Processing Biology (Unit Video) No availability No availability  
Ichiro Masai Developmental Neurobiology 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Our unit have investigated molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate cell differentiation and organogenesis during development, using zebrafish as an animal model. Three research projects below are ongoing.
  1. Mechanisms that regulate retinal neurogenesis and neural circuit formation
  2. Mechanisms that regulate retinal cell death including photoreceptor degeneration
  3. Mechanisms that regulate lens fiber differentiation
  4. Mechanisms that regulate social behavior
Franz Meitinger Cell Proliferation and Gene Editing Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum The Cell Proliferation and Gene Editing Unit aims to understand molecular mechanisms of cell division and mitotic quality control in normal and cancer cells to determine tumor-suppressive mechanisms and cancer-specific vulnerabilities that can be exploited in chemotherapeutic approaches (https://groups.oist.jp/cellpro). We are currently investigating a novel mechanism that allows cells to measure the duration of mitosis and memorize these events to prevent the proliferation of damaged and potentially oncogenic cells.
Jonathan Miller Physics and Biology 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Machine learning: Squid camouflage and genomics.
Satoshi Mitarai Marine Biophysics 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Please see https://groups.oist.jp/mbu.
Gene Myers Algorithms for Eco And Evo Genomics Unit No availability No availability  
Akimitsu Narita Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials Unit No availability 1 position maximum  
Yasha Neiman Quantum Gravity  1 position maximum 1 position maximum See unit website for details of the group’s research.
Kae Nemoto Quantum Information Science and Technology Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum In the quantum information science and technology unit, we investigate various aspects in quantum information science and technology. Our current interest are designing large-scale quantum computers (quantum computer architecture), quantum algorithms and quantum computational models for NISQ processors, quantum communications, quantum interface devices, quantum hybird systems, quantum information in many body physics, and quantum complex systems. Our research is theoretical in nature, however we also work closely with experimental groups.
Síle Nic Chormaic Light-Matter Interactions For Quantum Technologies Unit 2 positions maximum 3 positions maximum Experimental work (with some simulations) in cold atoms, Rydberg atoms, laser cooling, atomic spectroscopy, optical nanofibre mode propagation, optical trapping of submicron particles, nonlinear optics in whispering gallery resonators.   The work is usually mainly experimental and preference given to students who can commit to longer internships (more than 3 months). 
Yoshinori Okada Quantum Materials Science 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Epitaxial thin film growth of quantum materials.
Svante Pääbo Human Evolutionary Genomics Unit No availability No availability  
Simone Pigolotti Biological Complexity Unit 1 position  maximum 1 position  maximum Our main research activity is in theoretical and computational modeling of biophysical systems, ranging from stochastic molecular kinetics to population dynamics. Projects in non-equilibrium statistical physics and stochastic thermodynamics are also available. Candidates with background in these areas and interested in medium to long stays (i.e. more than three months) will be given preference.
Yabing Qi Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Research projects related to energy materials and surface sciences.
Timothy Ravasi Marine Climate Change Unit No availability No availability >Effect of Climate Change on Coral Reef fish communities.
Sam Reiter Computational Neuroethology Unit 1 position  maximum 1 position  maximum Cephalopod neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, quantitative behavior in cephalopods.
Daniel Rokhsar Molecular Genetics Unit TBD TBD  
Marco Edoardo Rosti Complex Fluids and Flows Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Numerical simulations of laminar and turbulent complex flows.
Lauren Sallan Marine Macroevolution Unit 3 positions  maximum 3 positions  maximum The Marine Macroevolution Unit investigates how marine biodiversity evolved on timescales outside human observation using approaches from fields such as phylogenetics, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, community ecology, modeling, and large-scale data analysis. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to, the effects of mass extinction and global environmental change, the diversification of fish and early vertebrate groups, the origins of key ecological traits, species interactions and coevolution, fossil description and phylogenetic placement, and the evolution of fish functional morphology. Projects will be assigned based on intern interest.
Noriyuki Satoh Marine Genomics Unit 1 position  maximum 1 position  maximum  
Hidetoshi Saze Plant Epigenetics Unit 1 position  maximum 1 position  maximum

Projects in epigenome analysis of plant genomes.

Nic Shannon Theory of Quantum Matter Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Many different projects are available within the broad area of the theory of quantum matter (including statistical physics, machine learning and some aspects of quantum computing). Details of project will be developed together with individual students, depending on their interests and experience.
Amy Shen Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit  (Unit Video) No availability 1 position maximum Flow instabilities in microfluidics. Students with fluid mechanics, rheology, microfluidics, microfabrication, 3D printing experiences are preferred; but students with general engineering and physics background are also welcome.
Tsumoru Shintake Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit No availability No availability  
Ulf Skoglund Structural Cellular Biology Unit No availability No availability Molecular Electron Tomography
Liron Speyer Representation Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics Unit No availability No availability Projects in group theory/combinatorics.
Greg Stephens Biological Physics Theory Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum See https://groups.oist.jp/bptu for an overview of our current interests and publications. Available projects include theoretical work in dynamical systems and information theory, especially using operator approaches to construct slowly-varying collective states, as well as quantitative approaches to behavior including social interactions in squid and zebrafish, and the colony dynamics of honeybees.
Hiroki Takahashi Experimental Quantum Information Physics Unit 3 positions maximum 3 positions maximum Experimental work concerning ion trapping and/or laser physics.Potential research projects are,
  1. Design, fabrication, and testing of a novel ion trap
  2. Integration of a micro optical resonator in an ion trap
  3. Ultra-narrow linewidth laser and its application to spectroscopy
Tomoyuki Takahashi Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit No availability No availability
  1. Functional studies on synaptic dysfunctions in human iPSC-derived neuronal culture models, using imaging and electrophysiological techniques.
  2. Proteomic-based studies of synaptic proteins regarding their brain regional differences and differences between diseased and healthy humans.
Fujie Tanaka Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit 1 position maximum 2 positions maximum Projects in synthetic organic chemistry related to the development of chemical transformation methods, the development of organocatalysts, and the synthesis of functionalized molecules.
Kazumasa Tanaka Memory Research Unit No availability No availability The Memory Research Unit aims to understand how memories are stored and used in the mammalian brain. Towards this goal, we combine genetic interventions, including optogenetic manipulation of neuronal activity, and electrophysiology/calcium imaging in freely moving mice. Successful applicants will learn one or more of these approaches and conduct a small research project. See unit website for details.
Jun Tani Cognitive Neurorobotics Unit No availability No availability  
Marco Terenzio Molecular Neuroscience Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum  
Emile Touber Shocks, Solitons and Turbulence Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum See unit website

Reiko Toriumi

Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory Unit

No availability No availability The available potential projects are related to random geometry (e.g., random tensors). The tools useful may be topology, combinatorics, quantum/statistical field theories, critical phenomena, renormalisation group (perturbative and non-perturbative).
Gail Tripp Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit No availability 2 positions maximum Our unit conducts research on the nature and causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We are currently conducting studies on: reinforcement sensitivity (reward and punishment), including emotional reactivity, in children with and without ADHD; structural and pragmatic language skills in ADHD; social functioning in children with ADHD; and a range of parenting programs to manage ADHD. The lab also has the ability to undertake research on neuropsychological functioning in children with and without ADHD.
Jason Twamley Quantum Machines Unit No availability 3 positions maximum We have projects that range from the theory of quantum machines, including machine learning, optomechanics, levitated quantum systems, quantum computing, quantum sensors and quantum algorithms. These may involve hybrid quantum systems where different types of quantum systems are coupled together including superconducting, photonic, atomic, spins in solids, mechanical, magnetic and other types of quantum technologies. We have experimental projects which involve levitated quantum system both at room temperature and at cryogenic temperatures. The goals of these experiments aim to cool a macroscopic object towards its quantum ground state and to create a macroscopic quantum superposition. Such a macroscopic quantum superposition or Schrodinger Cat - is one of the most discussed phenomena in quantum mechanics. Such an object could be useful to probe some very fundamental questions in science - how does quantum mechanics interface with gravity? Can such macroscopic quantum states be super useful for quantum sensing e.g. for the search of Dark Matter?
Marylka Yoe Uusisaari Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum Projects involving either animal kinematic analysis or viral-based neuronal tracing.
Hiroshi Watanabe Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum  
Jeff Wickens Neurobiology Research Unit   No availability No availability
  1. Focussed ultrasound effects on the brain.
  2. Mouse behavior in virtual reality.
Matthias Wolf Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy Unit No availability 1 position maximum  
Yamada Makoto Machine Learning and Data Science (MLDS) Unit 3 position maximum 3 position maximum Projects in machine learning and data science. Interns will work on developing machine learning algorithms and applying them to real-world problems. After the internship period, we aim to submit the intern work to top machine learning venues. The following papers are written by recent interns:
  1. GraphLIME: Local Interpretable Model Explanations for Graph Neural Networks, TKDE 2022
  2. Feature Robust Optimal Transport for High-dimensional Data, ECML 2022
  3. Post-selection inference with HSIC-Lasso, ICML 2021
  4. Semantic Correspondence as an Optimal Transport Problem, CVPR 2020
  5. More Powerful Selective Kernel Tests for Feature Selection, AISTATS 2020
Tadashi Yamamoto Cell Signalling Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum RNA biology, structural analysis of RNA metabolizing enzymes
Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama Neuronal Mechanisms for the Critical Period Unit 1 position maximum 1 position maximum We are trying to understand how neuronal circuits are shaped and modified to have specific funcrtions over development by using bird song learning models. We have been using, electrophysiology, anatomy, optogenetics and viral tools as our major gears. Besides, we are developing more genetical tools such as in situ and RNAseq.
Yohei Yokobayashi Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Experimental projects on functional nucleic acids that function in cells (mammalian, bacterial), or purely chemical systems (test tubes, artificial cells). Requires some experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, or synthetic chemistry experiments. Some projects may require basic programming skills (e.g. Python) to analyze large sequencing datasets.

Yutaka Yoshida

Neural Circuit Unit

1 position maximum 1 position maximum We study neural circuits to control motor behaviors using a variety of techniques such as molecular biology, mouse genetics, optogenetics, behavioral assays, Ca imaging, electrophysiology, and others.
Xiaodan Zhou Analysis on Metric Spaces Unit 2 positions maximum 2 positions maximum Potential projects in our unit cover the following topics: characterizations and properties of several classes of functions/mappings in general metric measure spaces; various notions of convexity in the Heisenberg group and sub-Riemannian manifold; optimal transport and geometric inequalities and other related topics from analysis on metric spaces (http://www.ams.org/notices/202002/rnoti-p253.pdf).