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
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.