2018 Participants

Click on the student names below to learn more about our participants in the 2018 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University Program!

Eria Imada
Hometown in Japan: Tokyo
University in Japan: Osaka University
Major & School Year: Physics, B2
Host Advisor: Prof. Emilia Morosan, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Host Lab: Morosan Research Group
Research Poster (PDF): “Structural and electronic properties of single crystalline Sr(Ga1-xAlx)4″

Mei Maruo
Hometown in Japan: Kobe
University in Japan: Kyoto University
Major & School Year: Astrophysics, B3
Host Advisor: Prof. David Alexander, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Host Lab: Rice Space Institute
Research Poster (PDF): “Simulating the Asterospheric Magnetic Field of Exoplanet Host Stars”

“Women in the STEM fields are still a minority in both countries [USA and Japan]. I believe we have to all work on this to create diversity, both globally and locally. Conducting a research experience in a different environment definitely has expanded my vision, and by accepting such perspective, I hope myself to have more strength to enjoy even the difficulties.” ~ Mei Maruo

Ayako Mizuno
Hometown in Japan: Sendai
University in Japan: Tohoku University
Major & School Year: Pharmaceutical Sciences, B2
Host Advisor: Prof. Gang Bao, Dept. of Bioengineering
Host Lab: Laboratory of Biomolecular Engineering and Nanomedicine
Research Poster (PDF): “Targeting MSH2 using CRISPR/Cas9”

“During this research internship, I realized that I have a lot to learn. However, by my final poster presentation, I also realized that I learned a lot through the past four weeks. I think that this experience in the U.S. will help build my confidence in the future.” ~ Ayako Mizuno

Hiroko Nagafuchi
Hometown in Japan: Tokyo
University in Japan: Waseda University
Major & School Year: Biochemistry, B3
Host Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey Hartgerink, Dept. of Chemistry
Host Lab: Hartgerink Research Group
Research Poster (PDF): “Characterization and Histological Investigation of a Biofunctionalized Multidomain Peptide”

“I hope to work in an environment where there are as many female leaders and workers as there are men, and science and STEM outreach are valued. Diversity brings excellent and unique ideas, and I was able to experience such diversity during my stay in the U.S. I want to remember the overall environment that I experienced and hope to find graduate school labs and jobs that have such atmospheres.” ~ Hiroko Nagafuchi

Yukari Sakano
Hometown in Japan: Kamakura
University in Japan: Waseda University
Major & School Year: Applied Mechanics & Aerospace Engineering, B2
Host Advisor: Prof. David Alexander, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Host Lab: Rice Space Institute
Research Poster (PDF): “Exploring the cis‐lunar environment for space infrastructure development”
Miho Sakuma
Hometown in Japan: Yokohama
University in Japan: Tokyo Women’s Medical University
Major & School Year: Medicine, B4
Host Advisor: Prof. Amina Qutub, Dept. of Bioengineering
Host Lab: Qutub Systems Biology Lab
Research Poster (PDF): “3D Living Neural Networks: Analysis of Developing Neural Stem Cells”
Shoko Sano
Hometown in Japan: Tokyo
University in Japan: the University of Tokyo
Major & School Year: Space Engineering, B2
Host Advisor: Prof. Marcia O’Malley, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Host Lab: Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab
Research Poster (PDF): “Improving Tactile Feedback with a Torsional Haptic Rocker”
Mari Sato
Hometown in Japan: Kyoto
University in Japan: Doshisha University
Major & School Year: Computer Science, B4
Host Advisor: Prof. Devika Subramanian, Dept. of Computer Science
Host Lab: Subramanian Lab
Research Project (PDF): “Analyzing Twitter Social Networks on Gun Control”
Mayu Shibata
Hometown in Japan: Tokyo
University in Japan: Ochanomizu University
Major & School Year: Biology, B2
Host Advisor and Lab: Prof. José Onuchic, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Research Poster (PDF): “Homo Dimer Structure Prediction of Bacterial Signaling Protein Utilizing Structural and Sequence Information”
  Utana Umezaki
Hometown in Japan: Osaka
University in Japan: Doshisha University
Major & School Year: Molecular Chemistry and Biochemistry, B3
Host Advisor: Prof. Angel Martí, Dept. of Chemistry
Host Lab: Martí Research Group: Inorganic and Bioinorganic Photochemistry Laboratory
Research Poster (PDF): “Investigation of the Aggregation Process of Photooxidized Aβ”
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