Members


Dr. Chi Chung Alan Fung

Dr. Chi Chung Alan Fung

Post-Doctoral Researcher

E-mail: chichung dot fung at oist dot jp
Website: https://fccaa.github.io/

I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013. After my Ph.D. graduation, I joined the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (currently Center for Brain Science) to serve as a research scientist. Since April 2019, I have joint OIST to serve as a staff scientist and perform theoretical researches on Computational Neuroscience.

I have engaged in theoretical researches in Neuroscience since 2006. My research areas include neural field models, networks of spiking neurons, and analysis of experimental data obtained from Neuroscience experiments.


Dr. Ibrahim Alsolami

Post-Doctoral Researcher

E-mail: ibrahim dot alsolami at oist dot jp
ORCID: 0000-0003-0506-3150

I did my PhD at Oxford University (2014) in engineering science, master’s degree at the University of Waterloo (2010) in electrical and computer engineering, and bachelor’s degree at KFUPM (2004) in electrical engineering. Additionally, I worked as a PostDoc at KAUST, electrical engineer at Aramco, and did my co-op at Ericsson.

My interdisciplinary research focuses on studying neural network dynamics and codes from an information-theoretic perspective. What I am ultimately interested in is how information is represented in the brain and reliably communicated among neurons.

Dr. Ibrahim Alsolami

Dr. Hongjie Bi

Dr. Hongjie Bi

Post-Doctoral Researcher

E-mail: hongjie dot bi at oist dot jp

Since January 2020, I joined OIST as a postdoc researcher. I was a postdoc working with Prof. Alessandro Torcini at Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Modelisation, Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, France. I obtained my Ph.D degree in theoretical physics at the physics department of East China Normal University under the supervision of Prof. Shuguang Guan.

During my Ph.D, I focused on the collective behavior of coupled oscillators in complex networks. From the last two years, I have focused on computational neuroscience, especially using different kinds of neuron models to study the gamma oscillations in CA1, the dynamics of neuronal circuitry at different timescales and memory formation.


Toshitake Asabuki

Ph.D. Student (University of Tokyo)

E-mail: toshitake dot asabuki at oist dot jp
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/toshitake-asabuki

I am a PhD student at The University of Tokyo, joining OIST as a Special Research Student. Before coming to OIST, I had been working as a research trainee at RIKEN Under the supervision of Prof. Fukai.

I am interested in learning mechanisms of sequence information in the brain. In particular, I have been studying neural network models and learning rules that detect repetitive patterns in sequences.

Toshitake Asabuki

Milena Menezes Carvalho

Milena Menezes Carvalho

Ph.D. Student (University of Tokyo)

E-mail: milena dot menezes at oist dot jp
Website: https://hyukz.github.io/

I’m currently a PhD student at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, working as a Special Research Student at the Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit.

Before coming to Japan, I pursued both my BSc in Computational Physics and my MSc in Physics at the São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo. From my very first undergraduate research project I have been interested in computational neuroscience and its interplay with physics, staying in the same field to this day.

I'm particularly interested in modeling, simulation, characterization and analysis of neuronal activity in spiking neuronal networks, as well as characterization of neuronal avalanches and critical phenomena in artificial and biological neuronal networks.


Thomas Burns

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: thomas dot burns at oist dot jp
Website: https://tfburns.com

I joined the Neural Coding and Brain Computing Unit in May 2019 as a PhD student. My current research involves building and evaluating simulated neural networks and artificial intellgence systems, especially spiking neural networks.

Before coming to OIST, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in physiology, a Master of Bioethics, and then a Master of Philosophy by Research (Neuroscience) at Monash University, Australia. I also worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland as a bioethics fellow.

Thomas Burns

Gastón Sivori

Gastón Sivori

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: gaston dot sivori at oist dot jp

Greetings, adventurer. Yond which endues thee h're, hast hath brought me h're too. I joined this Research Unit in September 2019 as a PhD student. My research interests are straight-forward: how is specificity achieved in pyramidal cells and what are the underlying mechanisms of the localized dendritic computation.

As an Electronic Engineer and former bio-engineering researcher at UTN.BA, I modelled cardiovascular dynamics and worked on the assessment of cardiovascular disease in humans. Now, my interests have shifted to biologically-inspired models of neuronal circuits in the hopes of findings these answers.

However, in my free time, I enjoy climbing walls, playing basketball, jamming jazz tunes, and roleplaying Dungeons & Dragons.


Maria Astrakhan

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: maria dot astrakhan at oist dot jp

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Dr. Ruxandra Cojocaru

Dr. Ruxandra Cojocaru

Technician

E-mail: ruxandra dot cojocaru at oist dot jp
ORCID: 0000-0003-0496-5355

In 2016 I obtained my PhD in computational physics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in Spain. I have worked in different and quite diverse research fields, ranging from the computer modeling of stellar populations to processing X-ray metrology and imaging data in a synchrotron radiation facility.

I have joined the NCBC unit at OIST in 2019 as a research unit technician. My main tasks involve experimental data analysis and I am interested in the data science aspects of computational neuroscience.


Administrative Staff

Kiyoko Yamada

Research Unit Administrator

E-mail: kiyoko dot yamada at oist dot jp