Davide Chiuchiù                                             davide.chiuchiu(at)

My research activity at OIST involves the study of self-replicating biological systems with stochastic thermodynamics. In particular, I investigate the thermodynamic limits of self-replication mechanisms. Although the study-subject is biological, information theory plays a central role in my research: unwanted errors in self-replication are usually avoided through processes similar to those in current computers. Moreover, it has been established that thermodynamics and information theory are deeply interconnected. During my PhD at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy) I have studied the relation between information and thermodynamics in current computing systems. I am an amateur improv-actor and all-time gamer.


Paula Villa Martín

Paula Villa Martín​                                        paula.villamartin(at)

I am a physicist enthusiastic about biology. Currently I am focused on the study of microbial population dynamics. Through the study of models based on statistical mechanics and stochastic processes I particularly aim to understand how environmental fluctuations and fluid transport affect the evolution of plankton population. During my PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) I concentrated on how diffusion, spatial disorder, network structure, and co-evolution affects the behavior of ecological and biological systems.  My main hobbies include reading, watching good films, handicraft, and doing sport. Although I have spend most of my time skiing, hiking, and practicing martial arts, I enjoy almost every sport.


Ph.D. Students

Luke Carter​                                                       luke.carter(at)






Rotation Students

Wataru​ Ohata                                                 wataru.ohata(at)

I am a PhD student studying neuroscience with biology background. During my rotation, I am working on analyses of neuron spike trains from the perspective of information theory.






Shan Zou​                                                       shan.zou(at)

I'm a rotation student working on the transport phenomena of Brownian particles in spatially periodic systems. 






Research Unit Administrator

Shiho Saito                                                    shiho.saito(at)

Shiho Saito is our Research Unit Administrator




+81 (0)98 966 2248  (Postdocs and Ph.D. students)