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【Notice】 CiRA’s Graduate School Information Session

We are going to hold a graduate school information session by CiRA faculty members as an "online program that enables students to get acquainted with researchers and research activities of CiRA" proposed in the following notice of the "Cancellation of 2021 CiRA Research Internship Program."

Details of the information session are posted at the link below. Although it will be held mostly in Japanese, if you would like to know the basic information of CiRA and our research facilities, or consult directly with the laboratory you are interested in, please check it out.

The information session consists of three parts, and advanced registrations are required for each session. If you would like to participate, please apply using the Google Form that you will find at the link below.

Cancellation of 2022 CiRA Research Internship Program (Update: March, 2022)

We, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), would prioritize securing opportunities for students to join our research internship program as much as possible, however, COVID-19 is still prevalent in various regions in the world and it is unclear when and how its pandemic ends.

The CiRA Research Internship Program Committee has had careful discussions over the implementation of 2022 CiRA Research Internship Program in such a situation. Unfortunately, a decision has been reached to cancel accepting both overseas and domestic university students for the program 2022, as with 2021, due to a continuous difficulty in ensuring health and safety of students and CiRA members.

The situation doesn’t allow us to hold an on-site program, though, we are planning to consider the possibility of an online program that enables students to get acquainted with researchers and research activities of CiRA, in light of the aims of the CiRA Research Internship Program, which is to provide an opportunity to experience research activities at CiRA for passionate students who desire to learn and have research guidance at our institute. Please subscribe to the "CiRA E-mail Newsletter" at the link below. We will inform you of the substitute program if it is determined to be conducted.

We truly appreciate your understanding and hope everything will go back to normal soon.

As reference materials for visitors, who are thankfully interested in the CiRA Research Internship Program, we leave the following application guidelines for 2020.

2020 CiRA Research Internship Program
2020 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 2020
Eligibility Undergraduate (mainly the 3rd and 4th year) and graduate student who wish to enroll in CiRA
Period 1-8 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: Free
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.

Travel and lodging expenses
  • Travel expenses: Return fare to CiRA

  • Lodging expenses: Maximum 5,000 yen per day

※Travel expenses are paid in accordance with the Kyoto University Regulations. Please note that travel expenses will not be provided if you have other affairs before and/or after the participation.

Number of positions Each lab can host maximum two students, including maximum 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 results to CiRA faculty

Application form
Deadline for application Domestic university students: May 29 (Fri.), 2020
Overseas university students: March 6 (Fri.), 2020
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

Please change * to @

Where to submit application documents

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application
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 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 Participants will be required to hold accident and liability insurances valid during the program period.

Host PIs and group

Dept. of Life Science Frontiers
PI Research Overview
Hirohide Saito Visualizing cell types and altering their fate
Message from
the Hirohide Saito Lab.

Our lab has developing technologies to the
control of cell fate with RNA.
We accept enthusiastic students from
various fields.

(Acceptance period:6-7 weeks)
Knut Woltjen Engineering genomes and cell functions
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)
Takuya Yamamoto Comprehensive analysis of changes
accompanying the somatic cell
reprogramming process
Message from
the Takuya Yamamoto Lab.

We are aiming the goal of elucidating the
molecular mechanism in the cell fate
conversion process by effectively combining
congenital biology, biochemistry, cell biology,
comprehensive analysis, and information
analysis. We welcome who are interested
and study various things.

(Acceptance period:4-5 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)
Mio Iwasaki lucidating the mechanism that
determines protein quantity
Message from
the Mio Iwasaki Research Group.

Our group performs comprehensive analysis
of proteins with small members. It will be
interested in information analysis are
particularly suitable.

(Acceptance period:2 weeks)

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:3-5 weeks)
Shin Kaneko Clinical application of rejuvenated T cells
Message from
the Shin Kaneko Lab.

The Killer T cells, a type of immune cell have
the function of recognizing and destroying
target cells in an antigen-specific manner.
Our lab has developed the method to induce
the regeneration of rejuvenated antigen-
specific T cells using iPS cells.

Currently, our research is advance the
technology to the clinical application, and
induced regeneration of various types of
T cells and development of immune
regeneration therapy. We are also aming on
industrialization of the iPS cell culture process
and immune cell induction process for

Through the research, our lab aming to new
regenerative immunotherapy for cancer and
viral infections.

(Acceptance period:2-3 weeks)
Yoshinori Yoshida Using heart and blood cells for
regenerative medicine
and drug discovery research
Message from
the Yoshinori Yoshida Lab.

Our research are regenerative medicine and
drug discovery using cardiomyocytes produced
from iPS cells. We looking forward to motivated

(Acceptance period:1-6 weeks)

Dept. of Clinical Application
PI Research Overview
Makoto Ikeya Using disease-specific iPS cells to reveal
the cause of bone and cartilage diseases
Message from
the Makoto Ikeya Lab.

Our lab has conducting basic research to
clinical application using human iPS cells.
It is mainly research using mesenchymal
cells and neurological research.
Please contact us know if you are interested.

(Acceptance period:6 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:4-6 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 month)
Jusaku Minari Increasing the public credit in cutting-edge
life science research
Message from the Jusaku Minari Lab.

Let's think together about the "social meaning
and values ​​surrounding cutting-edge life
science research."

(Acceptance period:1 month)
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