Students & interns

Salvatore Andrea Lacava, PhD student (Sept 2018 - )

I joined nRIM in September 2018. I have done a master in Cognitive Science, studying the application of MRI technology in the diagnosis of demyelinating diseases. Then I moved to Okinawa to take a more “fundamental” approach to neuroscience, and this is how I ended up being fascinated by the tail movement in mice. During my phD I would like to characterize the tail kinematic and its function in balance and neuronal representation across the nervous system.

In my spare time I enjoy taking long walks to the beach, playing with cats and watching musicals. I also play viola in the Okinawa Symphonic Orchestra.

Lakshmipriya Swaminathan, Rotation student (May - Aug 2019)

I joined the nRIM unit in May 2019 as a rotation student. I have a BSc in physics, chemistry and mathematics and a MSc. in theoretical physics and am hence a physicist by background. Here at OIST I am interested in using my background as a physicist to decipher the workings of biological systems. As part of my rotation at the nRIM unit I would like to gain a better understanding of the connection between movement and the cerebellum, and in general gain better insight into dealing with biological data.

In my free time I like exploring the island by bike, playing the piano, and singing.

Rasmus Ingvarsson, Intern student (April - June 2019)

I am a Swedish medicine student, doing my bachelor thesis at the Neuronal Rhythm in Movement Unit at OIST. During my eight weeks as a research intern, I will be focusing on learning more about the olivocerebellar system and get a better understanding of the world of science in general. My thesis will be based on analyzing pictures of neurons and glia cells from the inferior olive, produced with confocal microscopy.
A big part of being at OIST it the privilege to be surrounded by smart and interesting people from all over the world. I therefore spend a lot of my free time enjoying meeting new people to learn and grow by exchanging experiences and knowledge.



Božena Silić, Rotation student (Jan - Apr 2019)

I received my master’s in Rehabilitation and Special Education with a focus on the use of humanoid robots in Autism Spectrum Disorder interventions. Here at OIST I am mainly interested in the altered motivational processes in ADHD, especially in the punishment sensitivity in ADHD. Then why lab rotation in nRIM? I wanted to have Yoe as my supervisor, learn more about the role of the cerebellum in ADHD, and I was also interested in learning more about designing and carrying out animal behavior experiments. So here I am, doing exactly what I’ve wished to do, while enjoying in this beautiful island.

Yang Mi, Rotation student (Sep - Dec 2018)

I joined the Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit in September 2018 as a rotation student. Before coming to OIST, I received my BSc (Bioengineering) and MSc (Neurobiology) degrees from Shanghai University, China. Here in nRIM, I am enjoying visualizing beautiful neurons. It is a great opportunity to pursue my interests in neuroimaging and broaden my knowledge in motion capture. In my free time, I enjoy being a fan of ARASHI.

Thai Hoa Huynh, Intern student (Oct - Dec 2018)

Thai Hoa Huynh obtained his MSc. in Biomedical Engineering at Ruprecht-Karls-Universit‰t Heidelberg (Germany), and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at National University of Singapore. In Master degree, his study focuses on different aspects of biomedical image computing (including CT, MRI, Ultrasound).

During his internship at OIST, he was with Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit and participated in developing Motion Capture technology, which enables advanced researches on animal behaviors and neuroscience. He had good opportunities to learn about cutting-edge researches, work on the real project alongside of top experts. He loves to work in a highly diverse team (like nRIM), where every member comes from a different country.
 In spare time, he enjoys learning about different cultures, exploring different cuisines and sight-seeing.

Hoching Chiu, Rotation student (Jan - Apr 2018)

I studied cognitive psychology before coming to OIST, and I planned to switch to research learning and decision making from a computational approach. As this is my out-of-field rotation, my personal research goal did not directly related to the lab's. Despite this gap, Yoe seriously took into account my preference and we decided to go on with a programming project of writing a script for automatically detecting and quantifying markers from video data. I discussed with Yoe on a weekly basis and her guidance was very helpful on improving my coding practice. Eventually, also with the support of other lab members, I was able to complete the project without much prior coding experience. That said, the lab rotation greatly strengthened my programming skills which are important in bridging my previous experience to future research. Last but not least, everyone in this lab is very friendly and helpful, so I really enjoyed my time here as a rotation student!

Hu Xunwu, Rotation student (Apr - Sep 2017)

As a cell biologist, I was drawn to microscopy and bio-imaging from the first time that I observed Paramecium propels itself by whiplash movements of the cilia. Holding the goal to explore the tiny wonders of nature, I joined Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit from April to September 2017 as a rotation student. During my rotation, I labeled and identified Cerebellar Nuclei-Olivary Neurons by quantitative morphometry, which has exposed me to not only advanced microscopes but also the disciplines of quantitative imaging.