Internal Seminar Series

The OIST Internal Seminar Series is an informal meeting within the OIST community, where students, postdocs, research assistants and professors alike get to share a piece of their daily lives over free pizza/pastry. During a typical seminar, a speaker will introduce their unit or research field, discuss their latest results, or explain plans for future work.

One of the goals of the Internal Seminar Series is to foster an interdisciplinary, cooperative environment within OIST, where we can learn from each other and understand the motivations that drive research in fields we are not familiar with. This is based on the understanding that the activities at OIST are intrinsically interesting and worthwhile to learn about for curiosity's sake. Beyond this, there is the possibility that internal collaborations may spring up in unforeseen areas of research. We value the diversity of speakers: from students to professors, regardless of study field, age, race, and sex.

Seminars are organized every two weeks. Please see the "Calendar" or "Upcoming Events" links on the left for more information about upcoming seminars. Each seminar usually takes place in Lab 3 room C700 and starts at 16:00, after which there will be free pizza and beverages. The refreshment is financially supported by President's office, while they do not influence the topics, speakers, time, and venue of the seminars.

Interested in speaking at an Internal Seminar? Fill out the form or contact

2021 Autumn

Considering the COVID situation, all seminars this term will have both on-site and Zoom entries. The on-site audience number should be limited to half of the room capacity. (for example, C700 capacity 60 ppl => 30 people allowed)

September 17

Hsiao-Chaio Chien (Immune Signal Unit)
Charlotte De Blois de la Calande (Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit)

October 1

Lewis Ruks (Quantum System Unit)
Zacharie Taoufiq (Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit)

October 15

Sofiia Kosar (Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit)
Tatsuo Izawa (Biological Physics Theory Unit)

October 29

Aleksandra Bliznina (Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit)
Dewi Langlet (Evolution, Cell Biology and Symbiosis Unit)

November 12

Menglin Wang (Evolutionary Genomics Unit)
Da Guo (Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit)

November 26

Prasanna Vijayaraghavan (Cognitive Neurorobotics Research Unit)
Santanu Mondal (Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit)

August 27

Dmitrii Koldaev (Mathematics, Mechanics and Materials Unit)
Vyankat Sontakke (Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit)

Current organizers:
  • Marylka Yoe Uusisaari (
  • Yasha Neiman (
  • Sam Reiter (
  • Jigyasa Arora (
  • Yuka Suzuki (
  • Kun-Lung Li (
  • Kamila Mustafina (
  • Ainash Garifullina (
  • Aleksandra Bliznina (
  • Lewis Ruks (
  • Mohamed Boubakour (
  • Lakshmipriya Swaminathan (

Reach all current organizers at:

Special thanks to Rina Matsumoto (President Office) for managing the budget and payment for internal seminars, Tomoko Yoshino (Mitarai Unit) for dealing with paper works for the payment, and Akiko Mizukoshi (University Community Services) for communicating with the cafe to provide refreshment.


Former organizers:
  • Jonathan Ward
  • Yunhui Zheng
  • Amy Shen
  • Eliot Fried
  • Stefan Pommer
  • Carolina Diaz
  • Tina Mularski
  • Oleg Simakov
  • Alexander Badrutdinov 
  • Omar Jáidar 
  • Marco Tsui 
  • Eiji Uchibe 
  • Hiroshi Izumi
  • Jérémie Gillet
  • Mary Ann Price
  • Shao Fang Wang
  • Romanas Chaleckis
  • Bianca Sieveritz
  • Lauren Dembeck
  • Robert Campbell
  • Andreas Thomasen
  • Jason Ball 
  • Maéva Techer 
  • Maggi Mars Brisbin
  • Afshan Jamshaid 
  • Fabien Benureau
  • Nadine Wirkuttis