Alumni Workshop 2023

OIST Graduate School invites you to join Alumni Workshop, featuring our recent PhD alumni!

Coming from different professional backgrounds, the alumni will present their work and take your questions on anything related to professional and career development. All the sessions will be offered in person, and we hope that in addition to learning about their work and professional life, you can also expand your network and develop a meaningful connection with our alumni.

Date 22nd May (Mon) – 25th May (Thu), 2023
Eligible participants Current OIST PhD students and Research Interns
PCD elective unit All the alumni talks and the scientific writing workshop will count towards PCD elective unit

Workshop Schedule

Mon, 22nd May 2023 Alumni Talk - Career in Industry
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Seminar Room L4F01
Audience: all students and alumni
PCD elective unit: 1 unit
  • Dr. Dmitrii Koldaev
  • Dr. Dongqi Han
  • Dr. Lewis Ruks
  • Dr. Shan Zou
Alumni Talk - Career in Academia
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Venue: Seminar Room L4F01
Audience: all students and alumni
PCD elective unit: 1 unit
  • Dr. Aleksandra Bliznina
  • Dr. Makoto Tokoro Schreiber
  • Dr. Mizuki Kato
  • Dr. Sofiia Kosar
  • Dr. Tim Keller
Tue, 23rd May 2023 Alumni Talk - Preparing for thesis writing and final defense
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Venue: Seminar Room L4F01
Audience: all students and alumni
PCD elective unit: 1 unit
  • Dr. Ainash Garifullina
  • Dr. Qiong Huang
  • Dr. Saahil Acharya
  • Dr. Tsung-Yen Huang
Wed, 24th May 2023 A Killer Science Writing Workshop by Dr. Agneesh Barua
Time: 09:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 16:30
Venue: Seminar Room C210
Audience: all university community members
PCD elective unit: 2 units

Writing is a critical component of the scientific process but is also one of the most difficult. This one-day workshop aims to provide participants with tips on how to write science for publications and fellowships. The topics discussed here are relevant to all fields of science and not just biology.

The workshop is divided into two parts:

  1. Writing specific sections. Rather than focusing on abstract notions of how scientific writing should be, I’ll provide rubrics on how to write specific sections of a manuscript or fellowship applications.
  2. On-site writing session and feedback. This will be a dedicated writing session where all participants, including me, will sit and write together. Participants can use the rubrics learned in the first session to improve their own writing. This session is also an excellent opportunity to discuss each individual’s approach to writing and learn from one another.


About the Speaker
Agneesh is a Human Frontier Science Programme (HFSP) Long-term fellow at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. During his PhD at OIST, Agneesh worked under Mikheyev and Laudet Unit on venom evolution and published in journals such as PNAS, Proceedings B of the Royal Society, Molecular Biology and Evolution. Over 250 news articles have been written about his work, including in National Geographic, The Independent, Live Science, and many more. Agneesh also won the Graduate Student Excellence award from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and his postdoctoral project was recommended for funding by HFSP and EMBO.

Thu, 25th May 2023 Aluminati Launching
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Venue: Seminar Room B250
Audience: all students and alumni

Aluminati is a new alumni network platform that allows graduates and people at OIST to stay engaged and continue to develop relationships. Once you create an account, you will be able to search and see where the other OISTers are around the world. The target audience of this system are: 1) OIST alumni, 2) OIST PhD students, and 3) OIST postdocs and faculty. With this, we hope that alumni, students, postdocs, and faculty will be able to stay in touch wherever they may end up after leaving OIST, facilitate organizing meet-ups or reunion events in the future, as well as creating or searching for jobs specifically for OISTers. In this session, we will introduce and explain the system to be part of this group.

Feedback Meeting on Diversity at OIST with Dr. Kathy Takayama,
Center for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence OIST
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: Seminar Room B250
Audience: alumni


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