Garrek Stemo


Garrek Stemo


What I do

Hello! I’m a new graduate student at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in the Materials Science division. Before this I got my second undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Keep watching this space for updates as I settle in!


Recent Work

Biophysics Research Group, Boulder, Research Assistant

December 2015 - May 2018

I test parameter spaces of bulk microtubule-motor protein simulations and submit jobs using slurm to the Summit supercomputer. I write analysis code in Python and use Git for version control. The simulation software is written in C and C++, which I use to understand the underlying physics of the non-equilibrium nematic liquid crystals that we simulate. Here's an abstract for the APS March Meeting poster presentation I did recently.


True 2 Materials at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma, Summer Research Assistant

Summer 2017

I was a summer intern for the graphene and molecular powder company True 2 Materials, with labs based at NAIST. There I analyzed samples using Raman spectroscopy, a scanning electron microscope, a scanning tunneling electron microscope, and a transmission electron microscope. I was trained on all of this equipment then and communicated with other researchers in my second language: Japanese. 

I also built a parallel computing cluster using four Parallella computers and a Raspberry Pi as part of a side project.



(Units are wishy washy in these charts)



Interior Design
Physical Books (and reading them)
Trail Running



Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Materials Science grad student

University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. Physics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated August 2018


Michigan State University

B.A. Global & Area Studies
Graduated December 2010


magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant


garrek.stemo (at)

Osaka, Japan