Members

 


Dr. Chi Chung Alan Fung

Staff Scientist

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. Chi Chung Alan Fung

Dr. Tatsuya Haga

Staff Scientist

E-mail: tatsuya dot haga3 at oist dot jp

I received my PhD degree in information science and technology from The University of Tokyo in 2014. After that, I started to work on modeling of sequential memory processing in hippocampal neural networks as a post-doc researcher in Center for Brain Science at RIKEN. I joined OIST in 2020.

My current interest is to understand how dynamics of biological neural network systems can process high-level concepts and structured knowledge.

Dr. Tatsuya Haga

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

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.

Dr. Hongjie Bi

Dr. Toshitake Asabuki

Post-Doctoral Researcher

E-mail: toshitake dot asabuki2 at oist dot jp
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/toshitake-asabuki

I am a postdoctoral research fellow working with Prof. Tomoki Fukai at OIST.  I obtained my PhD at University of Tokyo in 2020. During my PhD, I experienced Junior Research Associate at RIKEN and Special Research Student at OIST. 

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

Dr. Milena Menezes Carvalho

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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

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 statistical 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. Moreover, I recently defended my doctoral thesis at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, on a multicompartmental dendritic integration scheme for extraction of temporal features in a input stream.

Milena Menezes Carvalho

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

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: what kind of computations underlie sensory perception and how cortical probabilistic computations endow us with conscious experience.

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 cortical circuits in the hopes of findings answers for the questions above.

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

In 2017 I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College London and then worked in Brain Stem Cells Laboratory in MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) before joining OIST in 2018.

My continuous involvement in both experimental and theoretical research motivated me to come to here. During my first year, I studied machine learning, analog electronics, and other related disciplines through classes and experience in research units.

My current interest lies in applying neuroscience to improve computational algorithms and applying mathematical approaches to life sciences.

Maria Astrakhan

Roman Koshkin

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: roman dot koshkin at oist dot jp

After earning my master's in cognitive psychology from the National Research University HSE (Moscow, Russia) I worked at the Center for Bioelectric Interfaces, where I developed deep learning models for automatic audio content rating based on EEG. In 2020 I joined the NCBC because I believe that progress in AI and beyond depends on our understanding of how information is encoded and processed in biological neural circuits and on our ability to reverse engineer them.

Roman Koshkin

Munenori Takaku

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: munenori dot takaku at oist dot jp

I joined NCBC in Sep 2020 as a PhD student. My main interest is the interaction between hippocampus and several brain region that contributes to memory systems in human brain. To try this challenge, I learned information technology in bachelor at Chiba Univ and Computational neuroscience in master at Univ of Tokyo.

My current research is the modeling of the brain circuit for the memory function which reproduces the results of rodents experiment, with using neuroscience knowledge and machine learning technics.

Munenori Takaku

Dr. Ruxandra Cojocaru

Research Unit 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 joined the NCBC unit at OIST in 2019. My main tasks involve analyzing experimental data using machine learning techniques and I am interested in the data science aspects of computational neuroscience.

Dr. Ruxandra Cojocaru

Administrative Staff

Kiyoko Yamada

Research Unit Administrator

E-mail: kiyoko dot yamada at oist dot jp

 

 

Research Interns

Year

Meile Petrauskaite

2020-2021

 

OIST Rotation Students

Year

Hideyuki Yoshimura

2021

Morihiro Ohta

2021

 


Former Members 

Name

NCBC Position

Departure

Current position

Natalya Weber

Rotation Student
2020
PhD student at OIST

Bolu Feng

Rotation Student
2020
PhD student at OIST

Hugo Musset

Research Intern
2020
PhD student at OIST

Chen Lam Loh

Rotation Student
2019
PhD student at OIST

Giorgia Dellaferrera 

Research Intern
2019
PhD student at IBM Research Zurich, ETH and UZH

Joshua Stern

Research Intern
2019
Undergraduate student at Ucida Lab, Harvard University