Welcome to the nRIM lab! Below, you can find short introductions of our lab members - for more information on their professional profiles, click on the links in the menu on the left.
Marylka Yoe Uusisaari, PI
Dr. Aysen Gurkan Ozer, Lab Manager & Research Technician
I joined Neuronal Rhythms in Movement (nRIM) Unit in April 2017 and started to learn something totally different; Neuroscience! Considering my background all in engineering, joining this unit is one of the most challenging decisions I have ever made in my life; to become a surgeon! But, I am so lucky that everyone in the lab are very well-equipped in both theoretical and practical knowledge and they are great in patience. My personal motivation for catching up my team is: "The ones considering not to have rest never get tired!" M.K.ATATURK
My concentration, for now, is helping my team to reach and image the deepest regions of brain effectively with the least damages by my surgeries. In the future, my interest might be repairing the inferior olive tissue damages at the cellular level via photo-thermal interactions by laser light.
Hugo Hoedemaker, Research Technician
After my brief visit in 2017 I returned to the Netherlands to work on complex procedures and brain implantations in freely moving mice. And now, five years later, I return to the Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit to offer my expertise in earnest. Knowing that I won’t lack for interesting projects on which I can release the full extend of my skill means I’m in full support of the ambitions of my colleagues.
Let’s do some science together!
Dr. Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska, Postdoc
My scientific interests focus on the neurobiological basis of behavior as well as use of neuropharmacological and genetic tools to modify behavior. I am particularly interested in the function of the endocannabinoid system and effects of its modulation on behavior and physiology. The therapeutic utility of the modulation of the endocannabinoid system has been known for millennia, but only recently-developed tools allow this with minimal side effects. My interests focus on better understanding of the function of this system, which will help in future development of new, more effective therapeutic strategies. Moreover, my interests include neurobiological mechanisms of reward, motivated and goal-directed behaviors, substance abuse, and neuropsychiatric disorders.
I believe that good science is hypothesis-driven and well-controlled, but also should be efficient, which can be ensured by careful and appropriate experimental design, project management, strategic planning, and project optimization. Moreover, peer mentoring and leadership play a key role in successful project development. Success in science is not only conducting the research but also interpretation and communication of the results, utilization of data and transfer of knowledge.
Dr. Da Guo, Postdoc
Neuronal circuit is my main interest. I previously worked in pathological pain field. I wanted to try something different from the PhD study and widen my view in neuroscience. Luckily, I found the nRIM, a little gem in Pacific Ocean, with intriguing projects and fantastic people when I was looking for post doc opportunities. I’m currently investigating the role of activity of inferior olive in movement with in vivo recording methods.
Friends usually call me with my full name, Guo Da (not Gouda, the cheese, though it’s easier to remember), since the given name, Da, is too short. Out of lab, I enjoy playing tennis, holding movie/game nights (usually accompanied with nice tea).
Kayoko Ikeda, Research Unit Administrator
I was born and grown up in the heart of Tokyo, gained international work experiences in Tokyo & Canada, then made it to Okinawa - my lifetime dream island in 2011.
Coming from a non-scientific background, being a part of OIST was no small challenge for me, but striving to become a competent RUA to enable our wonderful lab members to focus on their efficient and productive research activities is nothing but fun!
Out of work, I'm obsessed with traveling and listening to vinyl records. Used to dance hiphop over 10years and still can’t live without black music.