Eliot Fried


Postdoctoral Scholar



Stoffel Janssens

I’m Belgian and I obtained a Master in Physical Chemistry at the Free University of Brussels. Later I obtained a PhD in Physics at Hasselt University in Belgium where I also performed a two year postdoc. During my PhD and first postdoc I specialized in diamond growth, device fabrication and electronic measurements. After obtaining a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship I worked two years as a postdoc in the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba where I more deeply investigated diamond growth. In November 2015 I started working in the Fried Unit. At OIST I will also perform diamond growth and characterization. In parallel I’m working on non-coalescent droplets hovering on liquid substrates. A list of work I’ve been involved with can be found on google scholar.


Johannes Schoenke

I received my PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from Heidelberg University. Before coming to OIST in 2015, I worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Goettingen. My interests include theoretical mechanics of continua, and dynamics of complex systems. In the last years, I worked on several theoretical problems, including planet and star formation, signal propagation in nerve fibers, hydrodynamical turbulence, diffusional growth, and frustrated magnetic systems. Recently, I investigate assemblies of magnetic balls, the analogy of point dipoles and mechanical gears, and further the mechanics of unstretchable sheets.



Alessandro Giussani

I received my PhD from Osnabrueck University in Germany on the integration via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of germanium on silicon employing crystalline rare earth oxide as buffers. Since then I have researched on the epitaxial growth by MBE and, more recently, metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) of various semiconductors, group IV and III-Vs, oxides and chalcogenides for electronics, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics applications. I worked in academia/research centers and industry in Italy, Germany, USA and Australia. I joined OIST in January 2018 to carry out research in the field of diamond growth by microwave plasma CVD.



Adel Fernando Sarmiento Rodriguez




Tuan Hoang




Nicolas Moreno Chaparro



JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow



Alice Taylor

I have joined the MMMU as a JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I will spend 6 months exploring the use of 3D structured diamond for tissue engineering applications. I received a first class degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK and was awarded a PhD in Bioengineering, entitled ‘Diamond for Stem Cell Biotechnology’ from University College London (UCL), UK in 2016. The focus of my PhD was investigating the interaction of human Neural Stem Cells with various forms of 2D diamond for its use as a superlative material of choice for neural implants. The work I will conduct at OIST will focus on the translation of diamond from a 2D – 3D biomaterial.

Research Technician


David Vazquez

I received my PhD in Applied Physics from the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, where I studied the self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures in III-V systems, by molecular beam epitaxy technique, and its application to semiconductor devices.
I also have experience in the machining of high precision parts, by using the machines in the workshop.In general, I like to use machines. As a Research Technician in the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit at OIST
, I have the opportunity to learn a very wide variety of exciting experimental techniques, and I am also supporting the researchers of the unit in the performance and set up of experiments.



Michael Grunwald



Ph.D. Student



Alexandru Mihai

I am a Romanian citizen but I was educated in the United States. After which, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in pure mathematics. For my Bachelor’s Thesis I worked at Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen investigating blood flow dynamics in a stenotic(constrained) geometry. I utilized the Lattice Boltzmann Method in two and three dimensions to produce an efficient and accurate portrait of flow dynamics which could be used in near real time for medical professionals.
I plan to work in the MMMU on the interactions of particles with the free surface of a fluid.



Ali Rahmani

I received my Master and Bachelor in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology, respectively. By the end of my Master I found that transport phenomena and surface sciences are my main interests in science, so I decided to join MMMU to look at an interesting engineering problem from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints.


Special Research Student


Vikash Chaurasia

I completed my Undergraduate and Masters degree in Department of Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India in 2012. I joined University of Houston for my Ph.D. in 2013 and I joined Professor Fried’s group at OIST as an exchange student since September 2015. My core interest lies in continuum mechanics, variational calculus and Hamiltonian dynamics. I am keenly interested in studying interesting biological processes from mathematical perspective.


Research Intern



Jake Chambers

I am a research intern at OIST from May until August.  I attained my Bachelors of Arts with Honors in Mathematics and a focus in Computer Science from Occidental College in May 2017.  Currently I am a PhD student in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department at Colorado School of Mines.



Claire Heffernan

I am a research intern at OIST for two months. I am entering the last year of my Bachelors degree in Mathematics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Last summer I worked in applied mathematics, researching acoustic imaging at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada. I intend to pursue a PhD after completing my degree. In the MMMU Lab, I will be working in the mechanical systems portion of research, focusing on modelling orientable unstretchable sheets.





Wei Chung Chen, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Yoichi Takato, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Ryohei Seto, Group Leader (2015 – 2017)

Giulio Giusteri, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Abdul Majid, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)

Vincent Chan, Ph.D. Student (2016 – 2017)

Manav, Research Intern (December 2017 – March 2018)

Akira Kawano, Research Intern (February – April, 2018)

Ching-Hsiu Hsu, Research Intern (April – August, 2016)

Antonio Martiniello, Research Intern (July – November, 2016)

Adam Stones, Research Intern (July – August, 2015)

Russell Todres, Staff Scientist (2014 – 2015)