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CiRA Research Internship Program

2018 CiRA Research Internship Program
2018 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
Eligibility Undergraduate and graduate students who wish to enroll in CiRA
Period 1-8 weeks (mainly during the summer season, usually from June to October)
Location Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA),
Kyoto University
Tuition and Participation fee Domestic students: Free
International students: 30,000 yen tuition fee per month
Travel and Lodging expenses

Travel expenses: Round trip expenses between CiRA and your home address (no other destination is allowed in between.)

Lodging expenses: Maximum 5,000 yen per day

Number of positions Each lab listed below can host a maximum of one student.
Responsibilities Observe and conduct basic experiments.
Presentation of internship results to CiRA faculty.
*The host PI will have final decision on the intern's program
Application form
Deadline for application Closed
Contact info CiRA Research Internship Committee
E-mail: cira-internship*
(Please change * to @)

Application process

(1) Please select two potential host labs from the list below, You are encouraged to contact the PIs in advance by e-mail.
※Note that not all labs are taking interns

(2) Applicants are to submit their applications to General Affairs Group, CiRA Administrative Office.
E-mail: cira-internship* (Please change * to @)

(3) Notification of decisions will be made in April for foreign applicants and June for domestic applicants.

  • Applicants must obtain approval from the appropriate official at his/her university.
    Participants will be required to submit a written oath to CiRA that claims they will adhere to CiRA regulations.
  • Participants will be required to hold valid disability and liability insurance.
  • Senior students at Kyoto University School of Medicine are required to apply through the "My Course Program."
  • International students from abroad will be accepted under the Kyoto University Short-Term International Students System and required to pay a tuition fee of about 30,000 yen per month.

Host PIs

Dept. of Life Science Frontiers
PI Research Overview
Hirohide Saito
Message from
the Hirohide Saito Lab.

Our lab is a biotechnology lab that
manufactures RNA machines for the
purpose of studying iPS cells.

(Acceptance period:30-60 days)
Wataru Fujibuchi
Message from
the Wataru Fujibuchi Lab.

We are looking for talented and committed
individuals who will work with us in CiRA.
・4D analysis of stem cells and cell
differentiation to induce their basic theories.
・Design of 3D tissues from iPS cells by
single-cell analysis
・Development of human cell database and
its medical applications
・Development of cell therapy supporting
system based on artificial intelligence/machine
learning, etc

(Acceptance period:8 weeks)
Knut Woltjen
Message from
the Knut Woltjen Lab.

Has all the buzz about CRISPR/Cas9 got
you curious about gene editing?
Pioneering genome engineering technologies
in human iPS cells for nearly a decade, the
Woltjen Laboratory develops functional
genomics and cell engineering strategies
for disease modelling and improved stem cell
therapies. Our methods have been applied to
enhance reprogramming, muscle and neural
differentiation, as well as correct mutations
causing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
Candidates will have the opportunity to learn
how to design genetic and epigenetic editing
tools, and apply them in iPS cell culture. 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.
Come explore the human genome with us!

(Acceptance period:8 weeks)
Yasuhiro Takashima
Message from
the Yasuhiro Takashima Lab.

Our lab studies pluripotency. While ESCs and iPSCs have been made from humans, mice and other species, the behaviour of these cells is species dependent. In particular are differences in naïve and prime pluripotency.
We are investigating what molecular mechanisms regulate these two pluripotent states in human ESCs and iPSCs. Students planning to attend graduate school will be given preference.

(Acceptance period:2-8 weeks)
Akira Watanabe
Message from
the Akira Watanabe Lab.

For the purpose of clinical applications,
iPS cells bring a number of unique
challenges. The biggest is evaluation of
their safety, because by definition iPS cells
have had their gene expressions manipulated.
To establish standard criteria for iPS cell
safety, we are developing single cell analysis
techniques with attention to bioinformatics.

(Acceptance period:30 days)
Dept. of Cell Growth and Differntiation
PI Research Overview
Junya Toguchida
Jun K. Yamashita
Message from
the Jun K. Yamashita Lab.

Our lab focuses on heart tissue, with
projects that range from basic research
to clinical application.

(Acceptance period:20-30 days)
Shin Kaneko
Yoshinori Yoshida
Message from
the Yoshinori Yoshida Lab.

We are using iPS cells to study the
development of heart cells and blood cells.
Ultimately, we aim to generate these cells
for clinical application.

(Acceptance period:8 weeks)
Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Koji Eto
Message from
the Koji Eto Lab.

We are interested in hematopoiesis. The
biggest project currently is making artificial
platelets from iPS cells for new patient care.
Our research philosophy is that to create
one should not do the status quo.

(Acceptance period:30 days)
Makoto Ikeya
Message from
the Makoto Ikeya Lab.

Let’s do!

We are interested in basic developmental
biology, and use iPS cells to generate neural
crest cells and mesenchymal stromal cells
from healthy donors and patients to study

(Acceptance period:1-8 weeks)
Akitsu Hotta
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 which is why we recruit members with
diverse educational backgrounds such as medicine,
engineering and informatics in order to have fruitful
discussions at laboratory meetings, which are held
in English.
We have been welcoming For interns since the
founding of the CiRA internship program and
have established infrastructure in which interns
join a project and receive mentorship from a senior
lab member. Even in a short time, the contributions
of interns have justified including their names in
published papersship students, you are expected to
participate and be part of ongoing projects in the lab.
Lab members are happy to teach and assist you
about basic experimental techniques. In the past,
an internship student was able to become a co-author
on a publication as the data generated during the
internship was used in the paper.
We welcome applications from motivated and team
oriented students who are interested in our research.

(Acceptance period:1-8 weeks)
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