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Graduate Program

Procedure for
acceptance of graduate students at CiRA

The Center for iPS cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University hosts graduate students (and undergraduates) enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. For students wishing to enter the Master’s or Ph.D. course, they must first pass the entrance examination and be accepted into the School of Medicine.

CiRA is divided into different Departments. To join a lab in a given department, a student must come to an agreement with the lab supervisor. If that supervisor does not hold the title of professor, then the student must also receive additional permission from a CiRA professor based on the advice of the lab supervisor. It is recommended that Applicants consult the lab supervisor prior to taking the entrance examination.

We are going to hold an online information session for those who have an interest in enrolling in CiRA as a graduate student at the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University.

It will be held mostly in Japanese, but if you are interested in participating, please check the Japanese website.

Inquiries General Affairs Section, CiRA
E-mail: ips-soumu*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
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Application process
Application process
  • Select desired lab
  • Contact PI and inquire about posibility of being accepted as a student. Interview, if necessary.
  • PI requests approval from department professor.
  • PI notifies applicant of result of (3).
  • Prospective student takes Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University entrance examination.

For information on application procedures and examination dates, please contact the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University.

[ Contact info ]

Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
General affairs branch

Principal Investigators

Dept. of Life Science Frontiers

Dept. head: Hirohide Saito

[ Host labs ]

PI Website Contact
Hirohide Saito Research Overview hsaito-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Shinya Yamanaka Research Overview yamanaka-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Yoshiya Kawaguchi Research Overview kawaguchi-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Yoko Hamazaki Research Overview hamazaki-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Yasuhiro Takashima Research Overview takashima-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Knut Woltjen Research Overview woltjen-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Kazutoshi Takahashi Research Overview ktakahashi-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Takuya Yamamoto Research Overview yamamoto-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Masato Nakagawa Research Overview nakagawa-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Keisuke Okita Research Overview okita-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Mio Iwasaki Research Overview iwasaki-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Dept. of Cell Growth and Differentiation

Dept. head: Kenji Osafune

[ Host labs ]

PI Website Contact
Kenji Osafune Research Overview osafune-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Haruhisa Inoue Research Overview inoue-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Shin Kaneko Research Overview kaneko-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Yoshinori Yoshida Research Overview yoshida-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Kazuo Takayama Research Overview takayama-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Dept. of Clinical Application

Dept. head: Eto Koji

[ Host labs ]

PI Website Contact
Koji Eto Research Overview eto-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Jun Takahashi Research Overview takahashi-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Megumu Saito Research Overview msaito-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Makoto Ikeya Research Overview ikeya-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Hidetoshi Sakurai Research Overview sakurai-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Akitsu Hotta Research Overview hotta-g*cira.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Dept. of Fundamental Cell Technology

This department does not accept graduate students at present.

Uehiro Research Div. for iPS Cell Ethics

This department does not accept graduate students at present.

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