Dr. Hidehito Adaniya (49), who was born in Miyako, studied in the US and is currently working at OIST for developing a new electron microscope, gave a lecture at Junku-Do bookstore in Naha on 19th.
After graduating Miyako high school, he entered Faculty of Law and Letters at Ryukyu University, and then went to the State University of California majoring in physics and obtained PhD. After 15 years of life as a researcher in the US, he came back to Okinawa to start working at OIST in September 2012.
Dr. Adaniya’s lecture was a part of Science Talk with five other OIST scientists giving a talk each month. He introduced some episodes during his stay in the US, including people who took care of him, or an incident where his 5 year-long research notebooks had been stolen by a car thief.
He also explained about development of new type electron microscope, stressing the need of such technology saying, “Every year, millions of people die due to infectious diseases. We are trying to observe needle tips of virus or bacteria so that new drugs can be developed to save people’s lives.”
One of the audience commented, “I expect some day, there would be a Nobel Laureate from OIST. I want to see the first one, who would prove that world-class science has been conducted on such a small island.”