OIST Café is a casual science information session to introduce the OIST PhD program, Research Internship, and other workshops. What do cutting-edge research and education look like? What are the qualification and criteria to get into Graduate School? What are the career options after the graduation? OIST members such as PhD students, OIST Alumni and admissions officers will meet you to answer all your questions!


OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

This session will be in Japanese. The program will start off with OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process, financial support and student life followed by the panel discussion by 2 OIST PhD students.


Featuring Current Student

Yoshiki Ochiai (OIST PhD student, Year of 2019)

Yoshiki was born and grew up in Osaka, Japan. He studied in life science at Soka University as an undergraduate student. He got a master degree in Saitama University as well as worked in RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Center (CSRS). He joined in Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit (PI: Assistant Professor Paola Laurino) from May 2020 and have engaged in research about enzyme engineering by directed evolution. Aside to research on OIST, he often spends his days off searching for Okinawan rare wildlife in the beautiful nature. He would like to provide you with first-hand information about admissions and research life at OIST as a current PhD student.

Tatsuki Hamamoto (OIST PhD student, Year of 2020)

Tatsuki was born and grew up in Okinawa, Japan. He received his B.S. degree from the School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, and his M.S. degree from the Graduate School of Frontier BioSciences, Osaka University. He spent six years dealing with E. coli and neurons in Osaka. He met ‘quantum mechanics’ during the GAP program at OIST. The fact that, unlike living cells, spins do not die and can be experimented on as much as desired changed his research field. He decided to start his research in experimental quantum physics and joined the Quantum Information Physics Experimental Unit (PI: Associate Professor Hiroki Takahashi). “You can do anything as much as you want at OIST. Also, as an Okinawan, I find the ocean in front of OIST to be calm and beautiful.”

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OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

This OIST Café takes its opportunity to commemorate UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science in February and introduce OIST’s effort to encourage and support female scientists, share the stories of OIST female students and scientists as well as the stories of the participants about the struggle or their common concerns to choose STEM field as their career. Panel discussions will be organized so that the participants can interact with the speakers.

As a keynote speaker and one of the panelists, Professor Rita Colwell, Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Maryland, College Park, will join. She became the first woman to serve as the Director of the United States National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004.


Featuring Current Students
Featuring Postdoc and Professor
Professor Rita Colwell
Dr. Angela Ares Pita
Minato Miyake
Lakshmipriya Swaminathan

Professor Rita Colwell

Professor Colwell is an environmental microbiologist from the United States. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Professor Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics, from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington. Professor Colwell became the first woman to serve as the Director of the United States National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004. Currently, she is Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as serving as a member of Board of Governor at OIST since 2011. In May 2021, Rita R. Colwell Impact Fund was launched at OIST to support women in science.

Dr. Angela Ares Pita (Postdoctoral Scholar at OIST)

Angela was born and grew up in Galicia, Spain. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological and Environmental Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. During her Ph.D., she studied how some plants can absorb metals from the air and how they can be used as eco-friendly biomonitors of air quality. She got a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship and moved to Japan to work on metal resistance in plants at CSRS in RIKEN, Yokohama. Angela is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at OIST Marine Biophysics Unit. Her research interests are focused on how microorganisms respond to heavy metals as well as other biotic and abiotic stress in marine ecosystems. She is currently leading two exciting projects: i) Genetic response of deep-sea hydrothermal vent Epsilon-proteobacteria to heavy metals. ii) Evaluation of plankton community dynamics and physico-chemical responses due to terrestrial runoff. She is also mother of a one-year-old beautiful girl.

Minato Miyake (OIST Ph.D. student, Year of 2020)

After being born in Fukushima, Japan, Minato moved to Georgia, United States, and later came back to spend most of her school years in Kagawa, Japan. She received her B.S. degree from Tohoku University, where she studied Marine Genetics. Her first visit to OIST was during the OIST Science Challenge, a program annually held by OIST for Bachelor and Master students. She later went on to doing an internship in OIST at the Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit (PI: Assistant Professor Hiroshi Watanabe), and now is doing her Ph.D. research in the same Unit. Her interests lie in nervous system evolution, and her main research focuses on ctenophores, which are jellyfish-like animals with ancient origins. She looks forward to sharing information about the Ph.D. life at OIST.

Lakshmipriya Swaminathan (OIST Ph.D. student, Year of 2018)

Lakshmipriya was born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. She completed her B.Sc. from the St.Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bengaluru in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. She then continued to study Theoretical Physics and received her M.Sc. from the Universiteit Van Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She joined the Neuronal Rhythms in Movement unit with joint supervision from the Biological Physics Theory unit from September 2019 and is now studying the organization of motor control of locomotory movements using the mouse as a model organism. Apart from research in OIST, she often spends her evenings singing, practicing martial arts and dance or chasing sunsets in Okinawa in hopes of catching the green flash.

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