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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
Yoko Hamazaki (Acceptance period:1-2 weeks)
Knut Woltjen Gene and epigenome engineering tools to
control human genome functions
Yasuhiro Takashima Early development and regenerative
medicine using naïve human iPS cells
Takuya Yamamoto Elucidation of cell fate decision mechanisms
using genome-wide analysis
Shunsuke F. Shimobayashi Peering into cell reprogramming using
the lens of physics
Risa K. Kawaguchi Multi-omics data analysis for
stem cell research

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

Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Makoto Ikeya Geneartion of iPSC-derived useful cells
Hidetoshi Sakurai Development of a novel therapy for
muscular diseases
Akitsu Hotta Integration of 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 Ethical and Policy Issues Associated
with Regenerative Medicine
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