Yu Saito was born in Fukushima, Japan. He received his B.Eng., M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Prof. Yoshihiro Iwasa. After a short-period postdoc at RIKEN, he joined Andrea Young’s group at the University of California, Santa Barbara in October 2018 as an Elings Prize Fellow. His current research focuses on quantum phenomena in 2D materials and van der Waals moire heterostructures.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Physics, March 2018
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
    Thesis: Study on Electric-Field-Induced Superconductivity
    Advisor: Prof. Yoshihiro Iwasa
  • Master of Engineering, March 2015
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
    Thesis: “Superconductivity in Ion-gated Two-dimensional Materials”
    Advisor: Prof. Yoshihiro Iwasa
  • Bachelor of Engineering, March 2013
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
    Thesis: “Nano Interface Phase Transition Device with Layered Thin Films”
    Advisor: Prof. Yoshihiro Iwasa


Research Experience

  • Elings Prize Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara (CA, USA)
    October 2018 – present
    Experimental research on quantum phenomena in twisted bilayer graphene and flat band physics
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at RIKEN (Tokyo, Japan)
    April 2018 – September 2018
    Materials Informatics in 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructure
  • Research Fellow at The University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
    April 2015 – March 2018
    Experimental research on condensed matter physics and quantum nanoelectronics
    Grant from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) through a research fellowship for young scientists


Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant
    Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo
    October 2013- March 2014
    # Statistical Thermodynamics
    # Physical Mathematics


Honors and Awards

  • Elings Prize Fellowship in Science 2018
    from California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 2018
  • 8th JSPS Ikushi Prize from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), March 2018
  • Dean’s Award in the Graduate School of Engineering from Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, March 2018
  • Research Fellowship for Yong Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2015 – present
  • Tanaka Shouji Award (Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award) in 2015
  • Distinguished Bachelor’s Thesis Award in 2013


Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • Physical Society of Japan



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