Availability of Hosting PhD Students in Research Units

  • The list will be updated annually and/or upon a request from faculty. 
  • The Academic Year starts in September and ends in August.
  • Please note Adjunct faculty are available for co-supervision only. Students seeking this co-supervision will still be required to secure primary supervision from a full-time faculty member.
  • Please note the below information is indicative only. For already enrolled OIST PhD students, you are encouraged to contact the relevant Unit Professor to discuss the possibility of joining the lab as soon as possible.​
  • For applicants wishing to enroll in the OIST PhD program, finding placement in a thesis research lab will occur during the first year of enrollment. Therefore, when choosing Faculty of Interest, please check the lab availability one year ahead (for example, if you wish to enroll in 2022, please check the lab availability in 2023). Please note that students are accepted to the OIST program in general and will go through lab matching process before admission to any one lab.  It is important to list your Faculty of Interest, but it is not necessary to contact faculty to get their approval or support prior to applying.
Name Status Unit Academic Year 2021 Academic Year 2022 Academic Year 2023
ARBUTHNOTT, Gordon Full-time Brain Mechanism for Behaviour Unit No No No
ARMITAGE, David Full-time*(Not yet arrived at OIST) Integrative Community Ecology Unit Yes Yes Yes
BANDI, Mahesh Full-time Nonlinear and Non-equilibrium Physics Unit No Yes Yes
BOURGUIGNON, Thomas Full-time Evolutionary Genomics Unit Yes Yes Yes
BUSCH, Thomas Full-time Quantum Systems Unit Yes Yes Yes
CHAKRABORTY, Pinaki Full-time Fluid Mechanics Unit Yes Yes Yes
DANI, Keshav Full-time Femtosecond Spectroscopy Unit Yes Yes Yes
DE SCHUTTER, Erik Full-time Computational Neuroscience Unit No No Yes
DOYA, Kenji Full-time Neural Computation Unit Yes Yes Yes
ECONOMO, Evan P Full-time Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit Yes Yes  
FEICHTNER-KOZLOV, Dmitry Adjunct Applied Topology Unit Yes Yes  
FENG, Yejun Full-time Electronic and Quantum Magnetism Unit Yes Yes Yes
FRIED, Eliot Full-time Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit Yes Yes Yes
FROESE, Tom Full-time Embodied Cognitive Science Unit Yes Yes Yes
FUKAI, Tomoki Full-time Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit Yes Yes No
FUKUNAGA, Izumi Full-time Sensory and Behavioural Neuroscience Unit No Yes  
GIOIA, Gustavo Full-time Continuum Physics Unit Yes Yes Yes
GORYANIN, Igor Adjunct Biological Systems Unit Yes Yes Yes
HIKAMI, Shinobu Full-time Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Unit No No No
HOHN, Philipp Full-time Qubits and Spacetime Unit Yes Yes Yes
HUSNIK, Filip Full-time Evolution, Cell Biology, and Symbiosis Unit Yes Yes Yes
ISHIKAWA, Hiroki Full-time Immune Signal Unit Yes Yes Yes
KABE, Ryota Full-time Organic Optoelectronics Unit Yes Yes Yes
KHUSNUTDINOVA, Julia Full-time Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit Yes Yes Yes
KITANO, Hiroki Adjunct Integrated Open Systems Unit No No  
KIYOMITSU, Tomomi Full-time Cell Division Dynamics Unit Yes Yes Yes
KONO, Keiko Full-time Membranology Unit No Yes Yes
KONSTANTINOV, Denis Full-time Quantum Dynamics Unit Yes Yes Yes
KUHN, Bernd Full-time Optical Neuroimaging Unit Yes Yes Yes
KUSUMI, Akihiro Full-time Membrane Cooperativity Unit No No No
LAUDET, Vincent Full-time Marine Eco-Evo-Devo Unit No No Yes
LAURINO, Paola Full-time Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit Yes Yes Yes
LUSCOMBE, Nicholas Full-time Genomics and Regulatory Systems Unit Yes Yes Yes
MARUYAMA, Ichiro Full-time Information Processing Biology Unit No No No
MASAI, Ichiro Full-time Developmental Neurobiology Unit Yes Yes Yes
MILLER, Jonathan Full-time Physics and Biology Unit Yes Yes Yes
MITARAI, Satoshi Full-time Marine Biophysics Unit No Yes Yes
MYERS, Gene Adjunct Algorithms for Eco And Evo Genomics Unit No No  
NARITA, Akimitsu Full-time Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials Unit  Yes Yes Yes
NEIMAN, Yasha Full-time Quantum Gravity Unit No No Yes
NIC CHORMAIC, Sile Full-time Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit Yes Yes Yes
OKADA, Yoshinori Full-time Quantum Materials Science Unit Yes Yes Yes
PAABO, Svante Adjunct Yes Yes Yes
PIGOLOTTI, Simone Full-time Biological Complexity Unit Yes Yes Yes
QI, Yabing Full-time Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit Yes Yes Yes
RAVASI, Timothy Full-time Marine Climate Change Unit No No Yes
REITER, Sam Full-time Computational Neuroethology Unit Yes Yes Yes
ROKHSAR, Daniel Adjunct Molecular Genetics Unit Yes Yes Yes
ROSTI, Marco Full-time Complex Fluids and Flows Unit Yes Yes Yes
SATOH, Noriyuki Full-time Marine Genomics Unit No No No
SAZE, Hidetoshi Full-time Plant Epigenetics Unit Yes Yes Yes
SHANNON, Nic Full-time Theory of Quantum Matter Unit No Yes Yes
SHEN, Amy Full-time Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit Yes Yes Yes
SKOGLUND, Ulf Full-time Structural Cellular Biology Unit No No No
SPECTOR, Daniel Full-time Nonlinear Analysis Unit Yes Yes  
SPEYER, Liron Full-time Representation Theory and Algebraic Combinatorics Unit No No Yes
STEPHENS, Greg Adjunct Biological Physics Theory Unit Yes Yes Yes


Full-time Experimental Quantum Information Physics Yes Yes Yes
TAKAHASHI, Tomoyuki Full-time Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit Yes Yes No
TANAKA, Fujie Full-time Chemistry and Chemical Bioengineering Unit Yes Yes Yes
TANAKA, Kazumasa Full-time Memory Research Unit No Yes Yes
TANI, Jun Full-time Cognitive Neurorobotics Research Unit Yes Yes Yes
TERENZIO, Marco Full-time Molecular Neuroscience Unit Yes No No
TORIUMI, Reiko Full-time Gravity, Quantum Geometry and Field Theory Unit Yes Yes Yes
TOUBER, Emile Full-time Shocks, Solitons and Turbulence Unit Yes Yes Yes
TRIPP, Gail Full-time Human Developmental Neurobiology Unit Yes Yes Yes
TWAMLEY, Jason Full-time Quantum Machines Unit Yes Yes Yes
UUSISAARI, Marylka Yoe Full-time Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit No No No
WATANABE, Hiroshi Full-time Evolutionary Neurobiology Unit Yes No Yes
WICKENS, Jeff Full-time Neurobiology Research Unit Yes Yes Yes
WOLF, Matthias Full-time Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy Unit No Yes Yes
YAMAMOTO, Tadashi Full-time Cell Signal Unit No No No
YANAGIDA, Mitsuhiro Full-time G0 Cell Unit No No No
YAZAKI-SUGIYAMA, Yoko Full-time Neuronal Mechanism for Critical Period Unit Yes Yes Yes
YOKOBAYASHI, Yohei Full-time Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit Yes Yes Yes
YOSHIDA, Yutaka Adjunct Neural Circuit Unit No No  
ZHANG, Ye Full-time Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit No No No
ZHOU, Xiaodan Full-time Analysis on Metric Spaces Unit Yes No Yes

Last Updated: 15/February/2021