A photo taken at Kyoto in 2019
Misaki Ouchida is a science illustrator who derives great satisfaction from using her artistic abilities to help others understand science through art. She was too curious about everything and ended up going to a graduate school twice. In 2012, Misaki earned a PhD in particle physics from Hiroshima University in Japan.
Misaki founds her calling when she noticed that her lecture notebooks were filled with her illustrations. She completed a certification in Natural Science Illustration and a Masters of Art in Anthropology concurrently at the University of Washington in 2015. Right after the graduation, she worked for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a Bartels Science Illustration Intern and for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as an intern, then a contractor.
In late 2016, Misaki moved back to Japan to work as a science communicator and illustrator at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University. She also started teaching science illustration at Seian University as an adjunct instructor since 2018.
In mid-2022, she got a position as a specially appointed assistant professor to teach science communication at Hokkaido University. In 2023, she started writing serials of "Science Illustration" in Igaku Shoin. Although she is physically located at the northernmost main city in Japan, she will keep producing various contents of science illustration worldwidely.
A mind map used for the serial publication of "Science Illustration" in 2023
2022 - present Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
Communication in Science in Technology Education and Research Program (CoSTEP), Hokkaido University
2018 - 2022 Adjunct Instructor
Seian University of Art and Design
2016 - 2022 Science Communicator, In-house Science Illustrator
Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
2016 Science Illustration Intern, Contractor
Entomology, Ornithology, and Ichthyology
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
2015 - 2016 Bartel Science Illustration Intern
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
2015 Certificate in Natural Science Illustration
University of Washington
2015 Master of Arts (Anthropology), University of Washington
2012 Ph.D. in Science (Physics), Hiroshima University
2007 Master of Science (Physics), Hiroshima University
2005 CERN Summer School, CERN
2005 Bachelor of Science (Physics), Hiroshima University