June 25, 2024

CEPD Seminar2024 “Academic Career Seminar”

Our presenter Dr. Kamila Mustafina and Dr. Swathy Babu will discuss how to build a career in global Academia.  Since Dr. Mustafina completed her Ph.D. at OIST(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University), she has developed her career at MIT in U.S.A.  Dr. Babu also completed her Ph.D. at OIST, she currently works as postdoc at Harvard Medical School in U.S.A.  They will show how to develop a personal career blueprint and devise contingency plans.  Their talks include selection process they experienced.  You will learn how early-career scientists can best prepare for success in a career. All students from SOKENDAI & OIST are welcome to join in lecture and then interaction session especially for those interested in building a career in global academia. 


Time & Date

【Time & Date】

09:00 – 10:00 AM(Japan Standard Time) on July 9th 2024


  Online (Zoom)




Dr. Kamila Mustafina (Post-doctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

 I am a mammalian synthetic biologist working on designing and optimizing genetic circuits in mammalian cells for applications in gene and cell therapy. In my PhD I was working on universal design strategies for mammalian riboswitches (aptazymes) and high-throughput methods to optimize them. Currently in my postdoc, I am working on programmable genetic circuits that could sense cell state. 

I grew up and did my undergraduate degree in Kazakhstan in a very cold town of Astana, at Nazarbayev University. Later I moved to OIST, Okinawa to do my PhD in Nucleic Acid Engineering. After PhD I decided to pursue a postdoc and familiarize myself with the biotech world, so I went for postdoc to Boston, MIT, Biological Engineering department. 

In my free time I like to watch anime, listen to the Strokes, go running, ice-skating and snowboarding. Also in my time in Okinawa I got addicted to karaoke and biking, so these are now my favorite things to do with friends. 

©Kamila Mustafina
Dr. Swathy Babu (Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School)

Dr. Swathy Babu is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. With over 10 years of research experience in molecular cell biology and cancer biology, Dr. Babu’s current research focuses on investigating aberrant RNA mediated oncogenesis and developing novel RNA-based therapeutics for treating melanoma. Dr. Babu completed her BS-MS dual degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata, India where she investigated the effects of arsenic on cancer cell communication and progression. She then earned her Ph.D. from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, where she investigated the physiological functions of Banp in cell-cycle progression in zebrafish retinas under the supervision of Dr. Ichiro Masai. Dr. Babu is passionate cancer biologist who is always eager to take on new challenges and contribute to innovative advancements in her field.

©Swathy Babu

Who should participate

・SOKENDAI students

・OIST(Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) students


Please complete the online registration no later than July 8th at noon (JST) from URL below.