PhD students of the team:
Salvatore Andrea Lacava, PhD student (Sept 2018 - )
A study on neuronal control of mouse tail in balance
Lakshmipriya Swaminathan, PhD student (Sept 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.
Yang Mi, PhD student (co-supervision with Ishikawa unit) (September 2019- )
I joined this unit in September 2019 as a co-supervised student. Before coming to OIST, I received my BSc (Bioengineering) and MSc (Neurobiology) degrees from China. I have always been fascinated by transdisciplinary findings of how the immune system impacts the nervous. During my PhD, I would like to investigate how immunological imbalance contribute to the cerebellar deficits in autism. Here in nRIM, I am enjoying monitoring and quantifying balance performance in autistic-like mouse model. In my free time, I enjoy being a fan of ARASHI.
Deviana David, PhD student (September 2020 - )
I joined the unit in September 2020, few months after doing rotation in the lab. Before coming to OIST, I had my BSc in Psychology from Indonesia and MSc in Neuroscience from the UK. I’m interested to study the anatomy and functional properties of inferior olive neurons and how it affects movement. I learned some basic experimental techniques during my rotation with the lab and I’m excited to learn other cool techniques to study the neurons throughout my PhD. Besides of my exciting (and challenging also) PhD life, I enjoy exploring the island, having a good coffee, cakes and foods!