We study eukaryote-bacteria symbioses and deep evolutionary questions. If you’re interested in evolutionary cell biology, marine microbiology, genomics, experimental evolution, or fieldwork in Asia-Pacific, please contact me. We cultivate a friendly environment and support curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research, deep thinking, and overall career success of team members. Okinawa is an amazing place to live if you like great food, rich history and culture, coral reefs, and subtropical forests.
Prospective postdoctoral fellows
Prospective PhD students
Please apply to the fully funded PhD program in Science at OIST curriculum is tailored to individual students.
If you're highly interested to join my group in particular, please feel free to email me with specific questions before submitting your application (please include your CV and a few sentences about your research background). However, please be aware that I usually get dozens of such inquiries before the application deadlines. I reply to all prospective students who show very serious and specific interest in my group, but it is not in my power (nor interest) to reply to generic (copy & paste) emails.
OIST rotation students
My unit will have capacity to host 1-2 rotation students every term. Please email me at least 2 months in advance to discuss potential projects. Before scheduling a meeting, check out our papers, research projects of our members, and think about potential projects.
BSc. or MSc. research interns
I will have 1-2 fully-funded internship positions for BSc. or MSc. students (or recent graduates) available every year in my unit, please apply here (deadlines Apr 15 and Oct 15).
Even if you don't fall in one of the categories above, but are really interested in a short research stay in my group, please contact me as well. I am open to hosting visiting researchers if I see that it's a great fit. There are also several sources of independent funding available for short-term visits from the JSPS and a few other funding bodies. Please get in touch if you're interested to come to Okinawa for a couple of months!