OIST PhD Graduates

Graduated in AY2018 (Total as of January 2019: 10)

Eligible for AY2018 Graduation Ceremony at May 25, 2019

Lashmi Piriya Ananda Babu

Supervisor: Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi

Co-Supervisor: Professor Jeff Wickens

Research Unit: Cellular & Molecular Synaptic Function Unit

Thesis:  Functional roles of microtubules in a giant presynaptic terminal

Graduation Date: 2018 May 17


Dongrong Zhang

Supervisor: Professor Gustavo Gioia

Research Unit: Continuum Physics Unit

Thesis: Spectral theory of turbulent flows 

Graduation Date: 2018 June 30


Chris Reinke

Supervisor: Professor Kenji Doya

Research Unit: Neural Computation Unit

Thesis: The Gamma-Ensemble - Adaptive Reinforcement Learning via Modular Discounting

Graduation Date: 2018 June 30


E Laine Wong

Supervisor: Professor Keshav Dani

Research Unit: Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit

Thesis: Ultrafast spatiotemporal control of photocarriers in doped semiconductors

Graduation Date: 2018 July 31


Kalale Chola 

Supervisor: Professor Tsumoru Shintake

Research Unit: Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit

Thesis: Development of an SPH variant of implicit LES for studying wave energy transport

Graduation Date: 2018 August 31


Tsai-Ming Lu

Supervisor: Professor Noriyuki Satoh

Research Unit: Marine Genomics Unit

Thesis: Comparative genomic studies on Dicyema japonicum: the phylogenetic position of dicyemids and the genomic adaptations to parasitic lifestyle

Graduation Date: 2018 August 31


Jui-Yin Lin

Supervisor: Professor Denis Konstantinov

Research Unit: Quantum Dynamics Unit

Thesis Title: Transport properties of strongly correlated 2D electrons confined in microchannels

Graduation Date: 2018 September 30


Paricia Himeka Wepfer

Supervisor: Professor Satoshi Mitarai

Co-Supervisor: Professor Evan Economo

Research Unit: Marine Biophysics Unit

Thesis: Spatial diversity structure in the coral genus Galaxea (Euphyllidae) and their associated Symbiodinium communities

Graduation Date: 2018 November 30


Ray Xin Lee

Supervisor: Professor Mukhles Sowwan

Co-Supervisor: Professor Greg Stephens

Research Unit: Nanoparticles by Design Unit

Thesis: Nature and source of animal spontaneous behaviors: Insights from psychobehavioral development and neuronal population dynamics in mice

Graduation Date: 2018 November 30


Jessica Verena Schulze

Supervisor: Professor Kenji Doya

Research Unit: Neural Computational Unit

Thesis: Spatial and Modular Regularization in Effective Connectivity Inference from Neural Activity Data

Graduation Date: 2018 December 31


Graduated in AY2017 (Total as of February 2018: 14)

Awarded at AY2017 Graduation Ceremony, February 24 2018

2017 Graduation Ceremony page


Mark Daly

Supervisor: Professor Síle Nic Chormaic

Research Unit: Light-Matter Interactions Unit

Thesis: Light-induced interactions using optical near-field devices

Graduation Date: 2017 March 10


Lee O'Riordan

Supervisor: Professor Thomas Busch

Research Unit: Quantum Systems Unit

Thesis: Non-equilibrium vortex dynamics in rapidly rotating Bose-Einstein condensates

Graduation Date: 2017 March 10


Faisal Mahmood

Supervisor: Professor Ulf Skoglund

Co-Supervisor: Professor Hiroaki Kitano

Research Unit: Structural Cellular Biology Unit

Thesis: Algorithmic and architectural developments for cryo-electron tomography

Graduation Date: 2017 March 10


Mart Toots

Supervisor: Professor Ulf Skoglund

Research Unit: Structural Cellular Biology Unit

Thesis: Exploring the potential of cryo-electron tomography on protein nanocrystals for molecular structure determination

Graduation Date: 2017 July 18


Dongxin Zhang

Supervisor: Professor Fujie Tanaka

Research Unit: Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit

Thesis: Amine catalyzed functionalization of enolizable ketones

Graduation Date: 2017 August 14


Yi-Jyun Luo

Supervisor: Professor Noriyuki Satoh

Research Unit: Marine Genomics Unit

Thesis: Insights into lophotrochozoan evolution and the origin of morphological novelties from brachiopod, phoronid, and nemertean genomes

Graduation Date: 2017 August 14


Kenneth Baughman

Supervisor: Professor Noriyuki Satoh

Research Unit: Marine Genomics Unit

Thesis:  Decoding and analysis of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Acanthaster planci genome

Graduation Date: 2017 August 25


Rico Pohle

Supervisor: Professor Nic Shannon

Research Unit:  Theory of Quantum Matter Unit

Thesis:  Signatures of novel spin liquids in kagome-like lattices

Graduation Date: 2017 December 7


Zafer Hawash

Supervisor: Professor Yabing Qi

Research Unit: Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit

Thesis: Surface science studies of perovskite solar cells: spiro-MeOTAD hole transport material and perovskite absorber

Graduation Date: 2017 December 31


Caroline Starzynski

Supervisor: Professor Mitsuhiro Yanagida

Research Unit: G0 Cell Unit

Thesis: Investigating ancient metabolic reactions contributing to G0 quiescence survival in fission yeast S. pombe

Graduation Date: 2017 December 31


Cong Liu

Supervisor: Professor Evan Economo

Research Unit: Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit

Thesis: Understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes shaping ant biodiversity across spatiotemporal scales

Graduation Date: 2018 January 31 


Nino Espinas

Supervisor: Professor Hidetoshi Saze

Co-Supervisor: Professor Ulf Skoglund

Research Unit: Plant Epigenetics Unit

Thesis: rCBP-dependent regulation in rice innate immunity

Graduation Date: 2018 February 9


Keita Ikegami

Supervisor: Professor Noriyuki Satoh

Research Unit: Marine Genomics Unit

Thesis: Comparative transcriptome analysis of basal deuterostomes and its implications for the phylotypic stage

Graduation Date: 2018 February 9


Daisuke Takahashi

Supervisor: Professor Hirotaka Sugawara

Research Unit: Advanced Medical Instrumentation Unit

Thesis: Minimal gauged U(1) extension of the Standard Model with classical scale invariance and phenomenology

Graduation Date: 2018 February 21