Career Spotlight: Technology Transfer


2017年10月17日 (火) 12:00 13:00


Lab2, C700


Target Audience: Everyone who is interested about learning about careers beyond the bench.

Session Format: Panel discussion mostly made of your Q&A.

What will be discussed:

  • Career progression from a PhD to a technology commercialization professional;
  • Skills and experiences required for these positions;
  • How to build your Resume to pursue this career path.

About Panelists:

     Dr. Shahriar Ahmed is a Developmental Research Specialist in the Technology Development and Innovation Center at OIST. He manages the OIST Proof of Concept Program.

     Dr. Shahriar Ahmed received his BS and MS in electronics and systems engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Applied System engineering from Tokyo Denki University (TDU). He completed Management of Technology masters program at Niigata University in 2012. Dr. Ahmed started his career as a research associate in the Frontier Research and Development Center at TDU in 1999, developing a rotary blood pump for PCPS (percutaneous cardio pulmonary support). In 2003 he joined Niigata Sangyo University as an associate professor in the Industrial Systems faculty.

     Dr. Ahmed has established a visualization method to understand hemolysis (RBC damage) in the centrifugal blood pump and published papers on these experimental studies. Ahmed was actively involved in establishing two university startups. In 1998 he received the ISAO STUDENT Award from the International Society for Artificial Organs recognizing his outstanding contribution to pump design. In 2000, he was awarded the ASAIO FELLOWSHIP Award from the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. He also received NIWA YASUJIRO award from Niwa Foundation in 1999 in recognition of his engineering approaches in findings.

     Dr. Sachihiro Suzuki is License Specialist in the Technology Licensing Section, Technology Development, and Innovation Center (TDIC) at OIST. Dr. Sachihiro Suzuki is responsible for technology licensing of OIST technologies.

     After getting PhD from Department of Biophysics, Kyoto University for his study of the role of cadherin cell adhesion molecule for the neural circuit of cold sensation in 2007, Dr. Suzuki worked as Senior Fellow with Prof. Rachel Wong in Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington, Seattle in the U.S. He studied cone photoreceptor genesis by in vivo multiphoton time-lapse imaging analysis in zebrafish. In 2014, Dr. Suzuki was appointed Acting Instructor in Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington and started molecular mechanisms of the precise geometric arrangement of cone photoreceptor types, namely cone mosaic in the adult zebrafish retina. In Sep. 2014, he joined Developmental Neurobiology Unit in OIST as Staff Scientist and continued his project on the formation of cone mosaic. In Sep. 2016, Dr. Suzuki started his tech transfer career in the Technology Licensing Section in OIST.

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