The Provost Lecture Series 13


Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 16:00 to 17:30


Sydney Brenner Lecture Theater B250


Speaker: Professor Satoshi Mitarai, Marine Biophysics Unit 

Title:  Developing the Marine Biophysics Unit

Chair: Professor Amy Shen,  Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, Provost



The Marine Biophysics Unit (MBU) was established at OIST in 2009, because of Okinawa’s ideal geographic position and access to the outstanding research resources of OIST. Okinawa’s beautiful coral reefs lie at the northern boundary of the Pacific Ocean region with the highest marine biodiversity, exposed to large seasonal variations in water temperature. Okinawa is located close to hydrothermal vent fields that support ecosystems of endemic species that do not depend on photosynthesis. It is also situated in “Typhoon Alley”, the region with the most frequent and fully-developed tropical cyclones on Earth. The MBU takes advantage of these natural resources to study the interaction of physical and biological processes in the ocean. I will introduce some examples of the MBU research activities.


Venue: Sydney Brenner Lecture Theater B250


16:00- 17:00: Introduction, Lecture and Q&A

17:00-17:30 Teatime


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The Provost Lecture Series will provide an opportunity to celebrate milestones in the careers of OIST faculty members. It will recognize newly promoted professors and those who have received prestigious awards. It will highlight faculty achievements and create a space for retiring professors to talk about their research accomplishments and lessons learned over the course of their career. It is a way to celebrate OIST faculty, introduce them to the broader OIST community, acknowledge their research successes, share about their teaching and mentorship of students, and honor their service to the university.


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