The IYRC features keynote speakers that are passionate about research. Academics, industry professionals, and educators share insights from their field through engaging presentations.
IYRC 2020 Keynote Speakers
Molly Edwards is a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology. Her dissertation work focuses on the development and evolution of the uniquely-shaped columbine flower petal, for which she has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She is a firm believer in the power of outreach and devotes her time outside of the lab to science communication efforts. She is the creator and host of ‘Science IRL,’ an educational YouTube series whose mission is to cultivate, especially among young people, enthusiasm for and a sense of belonging in science.
Paul M. Lewis
Paul M. Lewis is a Medical Student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. He has experience in diverse areas of global and public health having served as the Director of a program for underprivileged Native American youth, the President of a peer education group to promote holistic wellness, and the Community Education Chair of a drug and alcohol education group. Paul is the Founder of Harvard College VISION Global Health Society and the Global Health and Leadership Conference. Paul is the recipient of the Robert T. Benjamin Prize for his contribution to the health and wellness of Harvard, The Harvard Phillips Brooks House Association Houston Award for exceptional commitment to serving underprivileged communities, and the Harvard Transcript Project Prize for excellence in writing and reflection. He was awarded the Finley Fellowship from Harvard to spend a postgraduate year in Japan to learn about end-of-life care. Afterwards, he worked as a TMS Therapy Clinician at Dignity Brain Health to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder. At Columbia University, he is currently pursuing his interest in palliative care and neurosurgery.
IYRC 2020 Panelists
Student researchers are invited to a panel discussion with members of the Harvard College Japan Initiative.
Simon Arango is a rising senior at Harvard studying Neuroscience and East Asian Studies. He has conducted research characterizing the molecular pathways behind emotion and pain for the past four years. He is also an active member of the Harvard College Japan Initiative, working to promote US-Japan relations across business and academia. His combined interest in Neuroscience and East Asia has driven him to pursue research opportunities in Japan, most notably at RIKEN and Hiroshima University. After graduation, Simon hopes to continue engaging with Japanese organizations through a career in the biotechnology industry. During his free time, he enjoys art history, foreign languages, and cooking.
Jamie Caines is a rising senior at Harvard studying Bioengineering, S.B. She has worked on several projects in health technology, most recently to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities in India. She began research after her freshman year of college, working on a novel CT device at a lab affiliated with a hospital. She is passionate about innovation and global collaboration. This year she will divide her time between her studies, a venture capital internship, and completing her engineering thesis. She’s always curious about new discoveries and innovation in the sciences, and loves meeting new people.
Jacob Heberle is a junior at Harvard studying Government and East Asian Studies. He has worked for several government-related organizations, most recently as a housing policy researcher at the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center, where he helped to write a report for the state government on affordable housing. He is passionate about using data to make effective and equitable public policy recommendations. After graduation, Jacob is interested in working for an international relation think tank and is always excited to meet new people from different backgrounds. In his free time, he likes hiking, listening to podcasts, and cooking.
Shawn Barrett is a rising senior at Harvard concentrating in Neuroscience with a secondary in East Asian Studies. He conducted neuroscience research both at Harvard throughout his sophomore year, and at the University of Tokyo throughout his sophomore summer. Currently, he is taking a leave of absence for the fall 2020 semester and is working in Tokyo as an intern for the Global Recruitment Team at Sony HQ. He is always interested in keeping up with US-Japan relations, and enjoys learning Japanese, deep-sea fishing, and snowboarding.
Nabib Ahmed is a junior at Harvard studying Computer Science and Statistics. He's originally from New York City, however for this semester he'll be living on campus in Cambridge. He has been involved with the Harvard College Japan Initiative (HCJI) for two and a half years; he serves on the board, reprising his role as Director of Technology from the previous year, and has helped organize HCJI’s digital presence, academic programming, corporate relations, and external affairs. He's visited Japan twice before, once for vacation in Summer 2019 visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and then this past winter visiting Tokyo and Sapparo to lead workshops. He has experience doing research in computer science, statistics, and economics and looks forward to sharing his expertise with students. Some of his hobbies include biking (he's biked in Kyoto), cooking (he's made Japanese omelets and pancakes), and hiking (he's hiked the Nikko mountains)!
IYRC 2019 Keynote Speakers
Chris Hartz is the Japan President of Amicus Therapeutics. He has 25 years of experience in the MedTech and Biotechnology fields, with the majority spent in, or working with, Japan. Mr. Hartz has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside and a Masters Degree in International Management from Baylor University.
John Mackenzie is the Head of the Science department and Research Coordinator within the International Baccalaureate department at Ritsumeikan Uji High School in Kyoto, Japan. He is an educator with over 10 years of career experience and research in the field of teaching and learning in the UK and Japan. Mr. Mackenzie graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Aerospace and Aviation Technology from the University of Leeds. He also completed his Post-Graduate Certificate of Education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education.