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CiRA Research Internship Program

2023 CiRA Research Internship Program

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

Application Guideline for CiRA Research Internship Program in 2023
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 5,000 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 if you have other affairs before and/or after the participation.

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 17 (Fri.), 2023
Domestic university students:
May 26 (Fri.), 2023
Contact info CiRA Research Internship Committee
E-mail: cira-internship*
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Remarks It may be canceled by Japanese government policy and infection states in Japan and overseas in regard to Covid19.

Application process

Where to submit
application documents

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application

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Where to submit application documents

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application
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※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 2023

Dept. of Life Science Frontiers
PI Research Overview
Hirohide Saito RNA-based gene regulation and
cell-fate control
Message from
the Hirohide Saito Lab.

You will learn cutting-edge synthetic biology
and RNA engineering techniques.
We look forward to applications from
motivated students who aspire to become
researchers in the future!

(Acceptance period:2-4 weeks)
Yoko Hamazaki (Acceptance period:1-2 weeks)
Knut Woltjen Gene and epigenome engineering tools to
control human genome functions
Message from
the Knut Woltjen Lab.

The way a genome is written, organized, and expressed
dictates biological function, health, and disease.

Pioneering genome engineering technologies in human
iPS cells for over a decade, the Woltjen Laboratory
develops functional genomics and cell engineering
strategies for disease modelling and improved stem cell

Our methods have been applied to enhance cellular
reprogramming and rejuvenation, direct differentiation,
and correct mutations causing human genetic disease.

Candidates will have the opportunity to learn how to
design genetic and epigenetic editing tools and apply
them in iPS and differentiated cells to modify their

Our lab offers you a valuable research experience in
a city steeped in Japanese culture, with an experienced
and internationally diverse team to guide you.

Spend your Summer learning how to control the
human genome with us!

(Acceptance period:2-6 weeks)
Yasuhiro Takashima Early development and regenerative
medicine using naïve human iPS cells
Message from
the Yasuhiro Takashima Lab.

Our lab has conducting pluripotency research
on naïve human iPS cells, differentiation and
early development.

(Acceptance period:1-4 weeks)
Takuya Yamamoto Elucidation of cell fate decision mechanisms
using genome-wide analysis
Message from
the Takuya Yamamoto Lab.

We are looking for students interested in
research using state-of-the-art genome
analysis equipment.

(Acceptance period:1-4 weeks)
Shunsuke F. Shimobayashi Peering into cell reprogramming using
the lens of physics
Message from
the Shunsuke F. Shimobayashi Lab.

We are an interdisciplinary team with diverse
backgrounds including physics, engineering,
biology, and medicine. We are interested
in uncovering fundamental principles of cell
reprogramming, with a particular focus on
biomolecular condensates and aggregates.

(Acceptance period:2-6 weeks)
Risa K. Kawaguchi Multi-omics data analysis for
stem cell research
Message from
the Risa K. Kawaguchi Lab.

We welcome applications from students with
interests in bioinformatics and stem cell

(Acceptance period:1-4 weeks)

Dept. of Cell Growth and Differntiation
PI Research Overview
Yoshinori Yoshida Cardiovascular research using iPS cells
Message from
the Yoshinori Yoshida Lab.

We encourage prospective scientists
to apply!

(Acceptance period:2-6 weeks)

Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Makoto Ikeya Geneartion of iPSC-derived useful cells
Message from
the Makoto Ikeya Lab.

There are many foreign members.

(Acceptance period:6 weeks)
Hidetoshi Sakurai Development of a novel therapy for
muscular diseases
Message from
the Hidetoshi Sakurai Lab.

We aim to develop both cell therapy and
drug discovery by iPS cell thechnology.

Therefore, you can learn many recent
advances even you may be in here on
short term.

(Acceptance period:4 weeks)
Akitsu Hotta Integration of iPS cell and genome editing
technologies to combat intractable
genetic disorders
Message from
the Akitsu Hotta Lab.

Our laboratory combines the latest genomic editing and
iPS cell technologies to develop novel therapies against
intractable diseases caused by genetic mutations, such
as muscular dystrophies. Various perspectives and ideas
are crucial to make this possible, so we recruit members
with diverse educational backgrounds, such as medicine,
engineering, and informatics, to have fruitful discussions
at laboratory meetings.

For internship students, you are expected to participate
and be part of ongoing projects in the lab. Lab members
will teach and assist you with basic experimental
techniques. In the past, some internship students
successfully contributed as co-author by generating
the research data that was used in the paper.

We welcome applications from motivated, talented,
and team-oriented students who are interested in
our research.

(Acceptance period:
1-6 weeks/upon request)

Uehiro Research Div. for iPS Cell Ethics
PI Research Overview
Misao Fujita Considering the ethics of iPS cell research
and regenerative medicine
Message from the Misao Fujita Lab.

Research is underway to artificially create germ cells
and embryos using human iPS cells.

To what extent should such research be allowed
in society?
If so, what kind of regulations are necessary?

We are the only humanities research division in CiRA
to address these ethical issues, which cannot be solved
by science alone.

The research environment is close to the cutting-edge
of science and regulatory affairs, and is supervised by
several members with diverse academic backgrounds.

(Acceptance period:1-4 weeks)
Jusaku Minari Ethical and Policy Issues Associated
with Regenerative Medicine
Message from the Jusaku Minari Lab.

We look forward to working together!

(Acceptance period:4 weeks)
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