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!

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OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

Join the OIST information session with a cup of coffee! This session is for Japanese students currently seeking for opportunities in PhD in STEM. The sessions will be done in Japanese only. The program is consisted of OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process, financial support and student life followed by the panel discussion by 2 OIST PhD students currently in Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit and Membranology Unit.

 

Japanese
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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: Prof. Paola Laurino) from May 2020 and have engaged in research related to enzyme engineering. Aside to research on OIST, he often seeks marine living things at beautiful sea in Okinawa and plays Sanshin, an Okinawan musical instrument. He will talk about research and life at OIST.

Kojiro Suda (OIST PhD student, Year of 2019)
 

Kojiro was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. He studied neurological disorders using the Drosophila model at Kyoto Institute of Technology and received a bachelor's degree at the end of March 2019. After a one-month GAP program, He enrolled in OIST early in May 2019. He is interested in life sciences, especially cell biology and currently conducts research at Membranology Unit (Supervisor: Assistant Professor Keiko Kono) with the theme "What causes cellular senescence?" His hobby is listening to the radio. He plays VR games on holidays.


Online
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OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

Join the OIST information session with a cup of coffee! This session is for Japanese students currently seeking for opportunities in PhD in STEM. The sessions will be done in Japanese. The program is consisted of OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process followed by session by the OIST graduate from Neural Computation Unit.

 

Japanese
Online
Featuring Alumni

Dr. Hiroaki Hamada

 

Dr. Hamada joined OIST in 2012 as the first batch of PhD student. He completed his thesis “Serotonergic control of brain-wide dynamics” at Neural Computation Unit under the supervision of Prof. Kenji Doya in 2019. He is currently working at ARAYA Inc in Tokyo as a researcher, in the field of neuroimaging and machine learning, especially focusing on curiosity and consciousness.

 


Online
16x9 Image

OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

Join the OIST information session with a cup of coffee! This session is for anybody who is currently seeking for opportunities in PhD in STEM. The sessions will be held in English. The program is consisted of OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process, financial support and student life followed by the panel discussion by 2 OIST PhD students currently in Quantum Materials Science Unit and Theory of Quantum Matter Unit.

 

English
Online
Featuring Current Student

Leilee Chojnacki(OIST PhD Student, Year of 2017)
 

Leilee is a theoretical physicist who was born in the United States, and spent many of her schooling years in Spain. Leilee earned her MSc degree through the PSI programme at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada) before coming to Okinawa as a PhD student at OIST. Here, she is a part of the Theory of Quantum Matter unit where she currently works on connecting field theories to lattice models of magnetism. When not overly absorbed tackling physics problems, Leilee enjoys spending time outdoors practicing martial arts or adventuring along the Okinawan coastlines.

Mohamed Atwa (OIST PhD Student, Year of 2016)
 

Mohamed “Moe” Atwa is an experimental condensed matter physicist in the Quantum Materials Science Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. Prior to OIST, he worked on growing graphene at the University of Tokyo, and before that, did a Masters in Nanotechnology at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). His research interests include energy materials, growth and characterization of thin film materials, and synthesis of single crystals. When he’s not at the lab bench, Moe enjoys reading/watching/listening to sci-fi and fantasy, gaming, and cooking with friends


Online
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OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

Join the OIST information session with a cup of coffee! This session is for Japanese students currently seeking for opportunities in PhD in STEM. The sessions will be done in Japanese. The program is consisted of OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process followed by the session by the OIST graduate from Neurobiology Research Unit.

 

Japanese
Online
Featuring Alumni

Dr. Masakazu Igarashi

 

Dr. Igarashi joined OIST in 2013 as PhD student and completed his thesis “Neural mechanism of bimanual coordination” at Neurobiology Research Unit under the supervision of Prof. Jeff Wickens. After the graduation from OIST, he worked as postdoctoral fellow at Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, the US, focusing on neural circuit of sensory feedback in the control of movement. He is currently a Medical Affairs MLS specialist at MSD in Tokyo.

 


Online
16x9 Image

OIST NetCafé (Information Session)

Join the OIST information session with a cup of coffee! This session is for anybody who is currently seeking for opportunities in PhD in STEM. The sessions will be held in English. The program is consisted of OIST general introduction, PhD & Research Internship admission process, financial support and student life followed by the panel discussion by 2 OIST PhD students currently in Neurobiology Research Unit, Memory Research Unit and Neural Computations Unit.

 

English
Online
Featuring Current Student

Lorena Andreoli (OIST PhD Student, Year of 2018)
 

Lorena was born and raised in Brasilia - Brazil, where she completed her BSc in Psychology. She then moved across the country to pursue a MSc in Neuroengineering where she worked with animal models of psychiatric diseases. She moved to Okinawa in 2018 and has been working at Neurobiology Research Unit and Memory Research Unit for her PhD, hoping to unravel the neurobiological basis of habitual behavior. Besides work, she enjoys going to the beach, playing sports, and spending time with her friends and dog.

Kristine Faith Roque (OIST PhD Student, Year of 2018)
 

Kristine is from the southern Philippines. She studied optical imaging and micromanipulation at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where she received her bachelor's degree in applied physics in 2013 and her master's degree in physics in 2015. She worked as a data scientist in the health care space, developing new algorithms for health applications such as tracking disease progression, before coming to OIST in May 2018. She is currently working on multi-agent reinforcement learning in the Neural Computations Unit (supervisor: Prof. Kenji Doya), specifically in constructing collaborative artificial agents. She enjoys playing video games on weekends and holidays.