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CiRA Research Internship Program

2024 CiRA Research Internship Program

The CiRA Research Internship Program welcomes graduate students and undergraduates to conduct research at CiRA for a short period.

We introduce a few participants of this year's CiRA Research Internship Program in a series of short articles on CiRA Reporter.

Application Guideline for CiRA Research Internship Program in 2024
Eligibility Undergraduate (mainly the 3rd and 4th year) and graduate students who wish to enroll in CiRA
Period 1-6 consecutive weeks in summer season (from June to October, depending on the host lab)
Location Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA),
Kyoto University
Participation fee

Domestic university students:
Overseas university students:
29,700 yen per month

※Overseas university students will be accepted under the Kyoto University Short-Term International Students System.

※Students affiliated with the overseas university which concludes the Academic Exchange Agreement with Kyoto University are free from the above-mentioned fee.
Please refer to the following site.

Transportation and accommodation expenses
  • Transportation expenses: Expenses for a round trip to CiRA

  • Lodging expenses: Maximum 5,500 yen per day

※As a matter of principle, we make a bank transfer to domestic university student after the internship, also we will pay in cash (Japanese yen) to overseas university student during a stay.

※Travel expenses are paid in accordance with the Kyoto University Regulations. Please note that transportation expenses will not be provided when you have any private affairs (anything that has no relationship with the internship such as traveling or going home for holidays) before and/or after the Program.

Number of positions Each lab can host maximum of two students, including maximum of one student from overseas university. (Depending on the labs)
  • Engage in fundamental research activities at each lab

  • Observe and conduct basic experiments

  • Give a presentation on internship result to CiRA faculty

Application form
Deadline for application Overseas university students:
March 8 (Fri.), 2024

Domestic university students:
May 24 (Fri.), 2024

Contact info CiRA Research Internship Committee
E-mail: cira-internship*
(Please change * to @)

Application process

Where to submit Application Documents

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application,
Kyoto University, General Affairs Section

Please change * to @

Where to submit Application Documents

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
General Affairs Section
Please change * to @

※1 You are encouraged to contact the PI of the laboratory you want to be affiliated with by e-mail, and check research content in advance. Refer to the following research overviews and lab websites.

※2 Fill out the required information on the application and submit with other documents to the above email address after obtaining consent from your supervisor.

※3 Notification of decisions will be made in April for overseas applicants and June for domestic applicants.

※4 After the job offer, participants will be required to have Personal Accident Insurance (including the treatment for Covid-19 infection) and Personal Liability Insurance valid during the program period.

As for 4th year student of the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, please apply through My Course Program.

Host PIs and group in 2024

Dept. of Life Science Frontiers
PI Research Overview
Hirohide Saito RNA Synthetic Biology
Knut Woltjen Gene and epigenome engineering tools to control
human genome functions
Yasuhiro Takashima Regulating stem cells and life
Takuya Yamamoto Elucidation of cell fate decision mechanisms
using genome-wide analysis
Shunsuke F. Shimobayashi Elucidating gene regulation in iPS cells
Risa K. Kawaguchi Multi-omics data analysis for
stem cell research

(*Acceptable only in June)

Dept. of Cell Growth and Differntiation
PI Research Overview
Kazuo Takayama Infectious disease research using iPS cells,
organoids, and organs-on-a-chip

Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Megumu K. Saito Disease modeling of hematoimmunological
or neurological diseases
Shimpei Gotoh Elucidating the mechanism of intractable
lung diseases using iPS cells
Makoto Ikeya Research using iPSC-derived neural crest cells
and their derivatives
Hidetoshi Sakurai Generation of novel therapy against muscular disease
using iPSC technology
Akitsu Hotta iPS cell and genome editing technologies to
combat intractable genetic disorders

Uehiro Research Div. for iPS Cell Ethics
PI Research Overview
Misao Fujita Considering the ethics of iPS cell research
and regenerative medicine
Jusaku Minari Social implications of emerging
biomedical research
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