- Jan. 1, 2016
- Picotimes No. 7 was published.
- Jul. 1, 2015
- Picotimes No. 6 was published.
- Apr.22, 2015
- Information on the entrance examination (for admission in April 2016) for the Picobiology Course, Graduate School of Life Science is now available.
- Apr.15, 2015
- Our homepage has been redesigned.
- Jul. 1, 2013
- Information on the entrance examination (for admission in April 2014) for the Picobiology Course, Graduate School of Life Science is now available.
- Sep. 7, 2012
- Symposium ad was published in the newspaper
- Agu.22, 2012
- LeadingNew was published.
The announcement about a leading program.
- Jul. 1, 2012
- Information on the entrance examination (for admission in April 2013) for the Picobiology Course, Graduate School of Life Science is now available.
- Mar. 19, 2012
- The first faculty meeting was held at the Koto Campus, University of Hyogo.
- Nov. 28, 2011
- The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology adopted our project as Only-One Type, one of the Leading Programs in Doctoral Education.
The picobiology program does not merely involve scientific expertise and technology, it is a program where you can experience leadership qualities, such as assertiveness and social interaction. For example, in this program, you not only conduct experiments in the world's most advanced research facility, including the SPring-8, but also participate in activities including the planning and management of, and internships in, international symposia aimed at exchanges with external laboratories. Through this program, you can discover your drawbacks and strive to be the leader you envision yourself to be.
"People who are too specialized in a specialty field are hard to manage."This is the poor image that exists of PhDs in the corporate world, but it is not the case. Equipped with the ability to solve problems and engage in critical thinking, specialists with PhDs have the ability to manage projects. In this program, I can receive education that equips me with an international sensibility as well as ethical and philosophical understanding, which further provides me with a sophisticated ability to address a broad range of perspectives. I can feel my own growth, albeit gradually.
In this program, we learn a wide range of knowledge and experimental techniques in life science with a focus on structural biology. In addition, through the special lectures for our career paths and internships, I was taught the way of thinking and general education that I should have as a working adult. Furthermore, exchanges with students in the leading programs across the country greatly stimulate my own way of thinking and life.
I think what I gained most from participating in this program was a wide range of experiences, such as training at SPring-8 and JAEA, and a one-month language course abroad that I was able to participate in through the program. Also, this is a unique program wherein classes are conducted by external lecturers, who present varied ways of thinking about biology, such as scientific ethics or chemical policy theory. I would like to devote myself to capitalizing on what I have gained through this program.
The leading program provides me with an opportunity to change my life as I have envisioned. If ones want to change their life, they should focus on their own goals. However, it is generally difficult because we have to do many things in our life. So in order to change life, people need solid support-systems in different fields. The leading program is providing me the support required to change my life.
After joining the leading program for nearly two years, I have learnt about how to be a leader. A leader should have good communication skills with different people from different countries. Another important ability is that the leader not only needs high quality training but also need experience in a supervisory role to lead the group in conducting research activities efficiently, creatively, and professionally.
Noor Dina Binti Muhd Noor
It is extremely interesting to find out more on what triggers the mechanisms and functions that form a complex living cell. When I came across the content of this program, I believed that this is what I have been wanting. The Picobiology leading program paved the way for me to find answers from understanding the depths of atomic level. While I have been involved in this program for nearly two years, I have been dealing with great scientists, with great minds, great ideas, and experts in many fields, and working with top facilities. This is an ideal place—a stimulating scientific environment that I am dealing with! I have learned a lot since then, and I have another year to go. When I see other Pico members, how they have transformed from day 1 of this program until now, I am beginning to believe that this program has the potential to produce an able leader with the ability not only as a scientist but also someone who can lead others in creating a better life through science.
Md Mahfuzur Rahman
After joining the leading program, I learned the most advanced techniques for structural analysis like X-ray Crystallography, XFEL, Electron Microscopy, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Neutron Diffraction, NMR (Nuclear magnetic resonance) and more in the first year. The best part of this program is that a student can learn all the advanced techniques in the first year and then they can choose their own interested field and laboratory for the PhD project.
Decision-making is a very crucial issue in our daily life. Many things need to be considered before, and the consequences need to be faced. The only way to know if we have made the right decision is from the self-accomplishment we receive from that. This is exactly what I feel about my choice of joining this leading program. I have the self-assurance that I have made the right decision and I never regret it.
I believe what makes this program unique is that one will be receiving equipment training at RIKEN's Harima campus, which is equipped with things such as the synchrotron radiation x-ray (SPring-8) and the electron microscope X-ray free electron laser (SACLA), and that most of the courses are conducted in English. One will have an opportunity only available here of having an expert in various fields provide thorough training on measurement technologies that are essential in conducting research in the future. Moreover, due to a high ratio of foreign exchange students in the program, you will naturally learn English out of necessity, and I think this is another major characteristic of this program.
Muadz Bin Ahmad Mazian
After joining this leading program, I am very satisfied with the scope of learning and training provided by leading program committee. With experienced and expert teachers in the field of structure and cell biology, I am certain that in the course of five year I can finish my research and excel with flying colors.
Studying in the Leading Program (LP) undoubtedly expands my outlook horizon and perspective, also gives me great opportunity to achieve my goal. Since October, many professors who are experts in this area worked with the LP introduced us the Picobiology in several distinctive points of view. That really enriches my knowledge and helps me start the research and work soon. Also the classmates are from several countries, the ccollision and mixture of different culture highly improve my communication skill. Right now I'm really looking forward to the experiment training in several top facilities next semester. Hopefully with such great environment provided by the LP I can help a little bit for studying protein more clearly and deeply that may help us to know and control our fate more.
The unique characteristic of this program is that it aims for "the integration of structural and cellular biology." Based on this premise, and through activities such as equipment training (such as SPring-8, SACRA, etc.) and lab rotations, not only will you be able to increase your own expertise, but you will also be able to experience a wider variety of subject matter. Moreover, by studying abroad and doing internships, one will become equipped with the knowledge and communication skills required in today's society. While the sheer volume of work may be enormous, there is no mistaking that this will certainly be a fulfilling 5 years.
I am currently conducting research on crystal structure analysis of photosynthetic protein. I conduct my research through daily discussions with my instructors and through trial and error. I have a very fulfilling student life, not only in the laboratory but also in terms of my research presentations and reading programs. The research program further offers me opportunities to visit various places around the world. As a student, I can take chances without risk of failure; thus, I enjoy undertaking the challenges of new things and interests in research.
I am conducting research in a partner laboratory run by Advanced ICT Research Institute, an independent administrative agency, wherein I am able to interact with professional researchers. Everyone conducts research on his/her own subject, and we can hear interactions on a broad range of fields. I learn new things every day. Through daily discussions and question-and-answer sessions, students study every day. Other than research, there are many lessons in picobiology or important tasks (such as writing this manuscript), but these are also part of acquiring experience and are becoming my own resources. Well, I have to stop phoresis soon.....
Since substantial support is provided from the program, I can spend my days focusing on research. Moreover, by participating in many conferences and international symposiums based on this support, I was able to engage in extensive interactions with people all over the world, not just Japan. My reluctance to speak in English was also alleviated by active communication with the program students in English in daily life.
I spend fulfilling days in the activities of the reading program, in addition to my research life. To broaden my outlook on life, I have also accepted the challenge of organizational management and economic activities outside the class. I believe that these experiences have clearly expanded my perspective. Although the need for leadership training has not been widely recognized, I believe such activities can certainly raise awareness about it. I look forward to being able to engage in innovative activities in a planned manner, to gradually attain the leadership image I strive for.
On weekdays, I work in the laboratory. There are classes on some days; however, since getting into the second year of graduate school, the number of classes has diminished, and there are more instances of conducting experiments on my own. Recently, I have tried to read papers as much as possible during my spare time. I have faced many failures due to areas in which I am still weak; however, I am still having a good time.
As a foreign student for the leading program, I have already been in Japan for approximately two years. During the two years, through lectures, we try to understand various perspectives from different students for the same question. We are all good friends interacting with each other and acquaint ourselves outside the class.
Noor Dina Binti Muhd Noor
I have enjoyed my life while experiencing university life outside my home country. There have been many activities organized by our university, and I took this opportunity to mingle with other students from different campuses and countries, while learning about Japanese culture and being involved in social activities. I had a lot of fun and became more internationalized. Nevertheless, most of my daily life usually focused on class assignments and research since this is my focal reason for joining this program. In research, although there have been a lot of highs and lows, I believe that it has resulted in the best. It has been hard, but that is what made it more valuable.
Md Mahfuzur Rahman
As the university is situated on a mountain, I was really amazed with the natural beauty of this place. In fact, the biggest challenge was the language barrier, but as all Picobiology courses are in English and all the professors, staffs, and students in this program know English well, so it helped me a lot to adapt with this new environment. Moreover, learning Japanese from friends, sports, and the gymnasium is making my life more beautiful here.
Life as a student is similar as always. Great time, plenty of knowledge, new friendships, high sense of responsibilities, and the list can go on. What is different is the surrounding environment. Being in a foreign country definitely needs adaptation, but it is not stressful as I am surrounded by great people, who offerimmediate help when needed. In a nutshell, I really cherish my life here.
The Harima plateau where the campus is located is blessed with a bountiful natural environment where at night the sky becomes pitch black, allowing me to enjoy the stars scattered across the sky. The sounds of the wild deer at night and the rustling of the trees remind me of the grandeur and beauty of life, which is the subject of my study. Life in the dormitory away from the city has also taught me the importance of a cooperative spirit. I believe this sort of experience and the personal relationships formed here will certainly contribute to the betterment of my future.
Muadz Bin Ahmad Mazian
In term of learning condition, this place (Life Science Campus), is an excellent place because it located at suburban area make it far away from hustle bustle of city. Life become much easier here since shops, post office, campus and others is walking distance from dormitory. Even though this is like a perfect place with friends and teachers, but I do miss my family. Hope I can bring them to stay with me soon.
The professor and colleagues in laboratory is very kind and, help me get through the first couple months of Japan life. The dormitory is more neat than any other student dorm I been in, also fully equipped and close to the research building where my lab locates. The food in cafeteria is also quite to my appetite. The only flaw is that it will be little bit inconvenient without an automobile.
Having completed my 5 year research plan, I am at the stage where I can finally plunge into my actual research activities． I plan to continue pursuing the theme of my own undergraduate study: structural studies of protein relating to cellular signaling pathways. At the same time, I participate in various activities as a leading program student (currently, planning the international symposium). It is a challenge to complete both research and all the activities for the leading students. However, based on the premise that "time management skills are a necessary quality for leaders," I am striving to rise to this challenge.
In the summer of 2014, I was allowed to participate in a one-month internship program in RIKEN's Computational Science Research Organization. Although researchers were faithfully engaged in work such as programming during work hours, they were flexible in responding to my questions. Furthermore, during lunch time, everyone participated in lively discussions about research and daily life. I felt that researchers not only need expertise but also flexibility and patience.
Another resource available in the program is The Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo, commonly known as the "Human Museum," which is a research sector of the university. It is known for its focus on lifelong learning support to a number of researchers, and I am also interested in exploring learning support here. Through training, I could learn about the role of a museum, how it interacts with the community, and its initiatives as a learning hub. This training enabled me to formulate concrete ideas from what I had vaguely been considering, such as my wish to engage in hands-on education using micro-organisms in the future.
In Euglena Co., Ltd., where I was accepted as an intern, I worked primarily in tasks related to research and development. I learned a lot about the differences in way of thinking between research in industry and that in academia through this experience and also about actual business operations in a venture company. In addition, I learned firsthand the significance of dialogue among employees and between corporations, as well as the importance of delivering results in a limited amount of time based on an accurate understanding of the mission assigned.
I also did an internship under the Ministry of Education and City Council Members. Unlike research life at the university, everyone had a role and responsibility, and you could feel a real sense of deliberate cooperation. In particular, although I had a superficial understanding of the need to cooperate within an organization, I was reminded of its significance while actually participating in such an organization. These experiences expand my networks comprehensively. An environment different from the usual offered a good opportunity to evaluate my own abilities and future career.
During the internship, I met people working in different fields. Moreover, we were required to do different things. Further, we had little in common, although I could have learned many things from them. From this experience, I realized that communication is dependent on common things. This experience made me confident about communication with a stranger. I believe that this confidence will give me further opportunities in the future.