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CiRA Research Internship Program

2019 CiRA Research Internship Program
2019 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 Friday, March 8, 2019
(for students in foreign universities)
Friday, May 24, 2019
(for students in domestic universities)
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 Visualizing cell types and altering their fate
Message from
the Hirohide Saito Lab.

Utilizing RNA, life-controlling molecule,
we are developing technologies to
manipulate iPS cells, etc.
as desired. Please visit the website below,

(Acceptance period:30 days)
Wataru Fujibuchi Designing high-quality cells
through theoretical study of cell states
Message from
the Wataru Fujibuchi Lab.

Our lab has two fields: computational biology
and wet experiments. Wet experiment group
is developing cutting-edge technology of
single cell analysis and driving forward
the measurement of omics data of all
human cells. Computational biology group
has constructed human cell database
(SHOGoiN) by using obtained data,
and is now developing algorithm and
tools for information analysis. We are looking
for motivated students who have interest
in the following themes.

・Spatio-temporal analysis of cell
differentiations to construct fundamental
・Design of 3D tissues derived from
iPS cells by single-cell analysis
・Development of human cell database and
its medical application
・Establishment of drug screening system
for cell therapy based on artificial intelligence

(Acceptance period:60 days)
Knut Woltjen Engineering genomes and cell functions
Yasuhiro Takashima Early development and regenerative
medicine using naïve human iPS cells
Message from
the Yasuhiro Takashima Lab.

We are studying control mechanism of
stem cell. We are looking for students
who has passion for research.

(Acceptance period:28 days)

Dept. of Cell Growth and Differntiation
PI Research Overview
Jun K. Yamashita Opening new horizons in cardiac
regenerative therapy with iPS cells
Message from
the Jun K. Yamashita Lab.

You can observe and experience wide-range
stem cell research from basic research to
research aiming at medical application,
according to your interest.

(Acceptance period:30 days)
Yoshinori Yoshida Using heart and blood cells for
regenerative medicine
and drug discovery research
Message from
the Yoshinori Yoshida Lab.

We are aiming to develop new therapies,
using iPS cell-derived cardiomyocytes
and blood cells.

(Acceptance period:14-60 days)

Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Jun Takahashi "Building a Brain" manipulating cells to cure
intractable neurological diseases
Message from
the Jun Takahashi Lab.

We are conducting research with the aim
to develop cell transplantation therapy for
Parkinson's disease and brain infarction.

(Acceptance period:4 weeks)
Megumu Saito Studying intractable pediatric diseases
with disease-specific iPS cells
Message from
the Megumu Saito Lab.

We are conducting research on blood
diseases and immunological diseases.
If you are interested in our research,
please contact us.

(Acceptance period:2-4 weeks)
Makoto Ikeya Using disease-specific iPS cells to reveal
the cause of bone and cartilage diseases
Message from
the Makoto Ikeya Lab.

Putting importance on the developmental
viewpoint, we are conducting wide-range
fundamental research such as development
of new differentiation induction technology,
cell transplantation, disease modeling,
drug innovation, etc. If you are interested
in our research, please feel free to contact
us. Let’s do!

(Acceptance period:1-8 weeks)
Akitsu Hotta Combining iPS cell and genome editing
technologies to combat intractable
genetic diseases
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 in order to have fruitful
discussions at laboratory meetings, which are held
in English.
For internship 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)

Uehiro Research Div. for iPS Cell Ethics
PI Research Overview
Misao Fujita Data-based discussion of ethical issues of
iPS cell technology
Message from the Misao Fujita Lab.

Research on creating human organs in animal bodies
or artificially creating germ cells by using iPSCs is
now going on.
How far can the community allow such research to go
on? If such research is allowed, what kind of regulations
are necessary?
We are only division for humanities and social sciences
in CiRA and challenging ethical issues to which solutions
cannot be found only through science.
Several faculty members with diverse academic
backgrounds will kindly guide and lead you in a
good environment where advanced scientific research
is conducted and regulations are formulated.

(Acceptance period:1-8 weeks)
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