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Education Concept

A Variety of Specialized Basic Subjects

Picobiology Practice is one of the outstanding features in our programs. Before joining in the practice laboratory, students are expected to master the expertise related to picobiology. The well-planned curricula provide students with a step-by-step understanding of subjects from basics to practical applications.

The World's Most Advanced Picobiology Practice

Our rich lineup of compulsory subjects include practices that make full use of synchrotron X-ray (SPring-8), X-ray free electron laser (SACLA), neutron diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, electron microscopes, and electronic computers. These subjects enable students to learn the world's top photon-science technologies and gain a high level of research skills to be an expert researcher for analyzing life phenomena.

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Top: SACLA Facility -- Photo from RIKEN
Bottom Left: X-ray Diffractometer -- Photo from RIKEN
Bottom Middle: Cryo-electron Microscope
Middle Right: Raman Spectrophotometer
Bottom Right: Neutron Diffractometer -- Photo from Japan Atomic Energy Agency

Laboratory Assignment and Inter-laboratory Activities

A laboratory rotation system allows students to experience research in different areas before making an application for a laboratory assignment. It helps the students get information sufficient to choose a laboratory for their dissertation research. In order to widen their perspectives and to learn different ways of thinking, students will have opportunities to take part in seminars and other functions given by other laboratories whose research method is greatly different from theirs.

Enhancing Communication Skills

Through active and spontaneous interactions with domestic and overseas research teams and regular meeting for reporting the result of their studies, students are encouraged to discuss from a variety of points of view to develop excellent communication skills. These opportunities also increase their awareness of the importance of broad in-depth analysis for biological significance. As a result, students will have a high level perspective and form a strong sense of value.

Lectures for Future Leaders

Various liberal studies courses are available. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to become a leader in life sciences and other fields. Top managers of organizations invited as a lecturer will promote students to improve social and managerial skills for successful leadership through discussions. (Lectures may be on science philosophy, life ethics, science communications leader theory, career path etc.)

Internship Programs and Studying Abroad

Our internship program puts students in direct contact with the support companies participating in this program and with other different companies. It provides students with opportunities and options to work in many career fields as well as gaining additional knowledge to be a future leader. Most of the lectures will be given in English and studying abroad is compulsory. In addition, preparing and hosting international symposia and participating in international conferences facilitate students to play an international role in their academic areas.