Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is an interdisciplinary graduate school located on Okinawa, Japan. The school offers a 5-year PhD program in Science. Over half of the faculty and students are recruited from outside Japan, and all education and research is conducted entirely in English. The university has no departments—OIST researchers conduct multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience, mathematical and computational sciences, physics, chemistry, integrative biology and molecular, cell, and developmental biology. According to the Mission Statement, OIST's objectives are to "conduct internationally distinguished education and research in science and technology in Okinawa, to contribute to the promotion and self-sustaining development of Okinawa and to contribute to the development of science and technology worldwide."

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Shaping the way to see the world

The proliferation of cells, in particular the orientation in which they divide, is key in regulating the shapes of tissues. However, the cellular mechanisms that govern cell proliferation and cell division orientation are ...

Oct 16, 2014
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New solar cells serve free lunch

One of the most common complaints about solar power is solar panels are still too expensive to be worth the investment. Many researchers have responded by making solar cells, the tile-like components of solar ...

Sep 24, 2014
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Smartgels are thicker than water

Transforming substances from liquids into gels plays an important role across many industries, including cosmetics, medicine, and energy. But the transformation process, called gelation, where manufacturers ...

Sep 19, 2014
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Surviving the attack of killer microbes

The ability to find food and avoid predation dictates whether most organisms live to spread their genes to the next generation or die trying. But for some species of microbe, a unique virus changes the rules ...

Aug 19, 2014
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Simulating the invisible

Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos in the OIST Nanoparticles by Design Unit simulates the interactions of particles that are too small to see, and too complicated to visualize. In order to study the particles' behavior, he uses ...

Jul 28, 2014
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Head formation of clawed frog embryos

On July 9, 2014, Dr. Yuuri Yasuoka in the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University's Marine Genomics Unit, published a research paper explaining a key mechanism in formation of ...

Jul 11, 2014
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Of dinosaurs and mathematics

Dinosaurs and mathematics do not seem like an obvious pair, but for Professor Robert Sinclair and his Mathematical Biology Unit, they are a logical match.  Sinclair was part of a team that recently published ...

Jun 05, 2014
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Delving into the spread of marine life

A paper by Dr. Masako Nakamura of the OIST Marine Biophysics Unit on the ecology of one of deep-sea limpets called Lepetodrilus nux has been published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. These deep-sea limpets are conche ...

May 29, 2014
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DNA testing to help save corals

"We are seriously tackling conservation of coral reefs in Okinawa," said Dr. Chuya Shinzato of the OIST Marine Genomics Unit. Coral reefs face various extinction risks. To avert coral demise, Shinzato is ...

May 23, 2014
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Using robots to study evolution

A new paper by OIST's Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution. Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya's Unit, has succes ...

Apr 14, 2014
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