OIST Café in Tokyo December 2022


Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 15:00


Dogenzaka Pia 2F, 1-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Would you like to know more about our fully funded PhD program and Research Internship as well as opportunities to experience the atmosphere at OIST? Staff and Alumni from OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) will come to Tokyo to answer all your questions about the PhD & Research Internship admission process, support for students as well as student life at OIST.


Dr. Lauren Sallan (Marine Macroevolution Unit, Assistant Professor)

Lauren Sallan is a paleontologist investigating how biodiversity evolves at time scales beyond human observation (macroevolution), how environmental change impacts marine ecosystems, and the origins of vertebrates. As head of the Marine Macroevoluion Unit, Prof. Sallan is building a team of interdisciplinary, international scientists who will use a range of approaches from fields including ichthyology, oceanography, community ecology, biomechanics, computer simulation, “Big Data” analytics, and paleontology. Before joining OIST, Prof. Sallan received a PhD at the University of Chicago and was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Prof. Sallan is also an Associate Editor for the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and a Senior TED Fellow. Her TED Talks on the evolution of life have received over 3 million views. Prof. Sallan’s research has been published in high-profile journals such as Science and Nature, and featured by media including The New York Times and the BBC.

Dr. Saahil Acharya (2022 Graduate)

Saahil got a B.S degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from India. During his undergraduate days he became interested in neuroscience and started looking up various neuroscience focused masters programs (mostly in Germany). However, when he came across OIST and its unique PhD program- intense independent research, with generous financial support, and located in the beautiful island of Okinawa, he decided to apply. After joining OIST and rotating in various neuroscience labs, he decided to focus more on the fundamental physics of biological molecules in live cells. His research reveals the molecular mechanisms that enable the neuronal synapse to function. He received his PhD in biophysics in October 2022. Saahil hopes to work in the biotech industry and help accelerate the advent of gene therapies to improve human health and longevity.

Dr. Larisa Sheloukhova (2021 Graduate)

Larisa was born and grew up in Russia. She was studying languages and pedagogy as an undergraduate student when she got interested in life sciences. She then decided to do a Master’s program in neuroscience at Moscow State University for the Humanities. She learned about OIST from an online Neurobiology course and was amazed by the innovative research facilities in the middle of one of the so-called “Blue Zones” inhabited by people with exceptional longevity. She joined Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit for her PhD research and focused on the evolution of a type of neural cells called ‘glia’. She received her PhD in March 2022 and hopes to work in the biotech or pharma industry.

Targeted Audiences

Anyone interested in PhD and Research Internship at OIST

Event Details & Registration


Requested countermeasures against coronavirus infection include the following:
・Please wear a mask while attending the event when not eating or drinking.
・Please take your temperature and disinfect your hands at the reception desk.
・If you are not feeling well, please refrain from participating.


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