Media Section

The Media Section is in charge of press relations, science writing, video, and photos. Media is also in charge of OIST's social media assets Facebook , TwitterYoutube , and Google+ . Media also produces OIST print publications.


Kaoru Natori

As the head of the Media Section, Kaoru Natori is in charge of OIST's Web stories, media relations, and publications, including OIST brochures, and she supervises the science and communication fellows. She joined OIST in 2007 after working for 5 years at the press office of the US embassy in Tokyo. She has a master's degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in the USA.

Contact: , 098-966-2389

Media Relations

Tomomi Okubo

Tomomi Okubo acts as the contact point between OIST members and media companies and journalists. She also contributes to web stories, social media contents, and events.

Contact: , 098-982-3447

Tomomi Okubo outside smiling

Science Writing Fellows

The Media Section invites science communicators to spend 6 months writing articles for internal and external news, taking photographs, making videos, and doing social media as members of the Communications Division members. If you are interested in a fellowship, please email for more information on how to apply.

Pola Lem

Pola Lem has interviewed astronauts, salmon fishermen, and U.S. senators; she has worked at a Washington, D.C.-based news wire, a weekly newspaper in Alaska, a New York City radio station, and at NASA. She holds a B.A. in Russian from Haverford College and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. Her work appears in Scientific American, NASA Earth Observatory, and Electric Literature, among others. At her current job, she gets to ask theoretical physicists questions about what makes the universe tick.


Sophie Protheroe

Sophie Protheroe has always been fascinated by the natural world and she was delighted when she discovered that she could turn her enthusiasm for animals and botanicals into a career. Whilst studying Natural Sciences for her undergraduate degree, she enjoyed writing science articles for student publications and went on to study an MSc in Science Communication. Sophie enjoys the fact that science communication allows her to explore a wide range of scientific disciplines and to challenge the boundaries between science and art. Her career has taken her from a tropical butterfly house in the Natural History Museum in London to a treehouse in Kew Gardens and now to a tropical island in Japan.


Web and Multimedia Assistant

Kaori Serakaki

Kaori Serakaki is the Web and Multimedia Assistant for the Media Section. She was born and raised in Onna Village, the home of OIST. After graduating from the University of the Ryukyus, she worked as a TV director in Tokyo. After being diagnosed with adult Asperger’s Syndrome, she switched to web design and intellectual property management. She is also interested in using design and video for science.