- Jan. 1, 2017
- Picotimes No. 9 was published.
- Jun. 24, 2016
- Picotimes No. 8 was published.
- 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.
Mohamad Jamali Muhamad Arif
Joining this program helped me to enter a new phase of life. I have learned many things and I need to learn more. The series of training schedules helped me to realize how advanced technology can be and about helping people through daily research. Structural training in biology is very specific, and now I understand how important this field is and that it has a bright future. Another good thing about this program is that the students come from different countries, so I can learn about other cultures and the world.
Mohamad Ikhwan Bin Jamaludin
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the Leading Program in Picobiology. This program has broadened my perspective on the importance of biological research. In addition, I learned that pursuing a doctorate is not only about mastering my personal research, but also to gain a bigger picture of other research, problem solving, communications, and leadership. Because of the wealth of expertise and facilities affiliated with the Leading Program (SPring-8, SACLA, RIKEN, JAEA, and so on), I have many opportunities to explore the wonders of life from the smallest machines working inside cells, which are proteins.
I joined a laboratory after completing basic courses and lab rotation, which took eight months, and I will begin my internship in several months. The study and schedule here are quite busy, and, of course, colorful. I certainly enjoyed studying in the Leading Program. Many experts in several fields delivered lectures and helped us to understand their work from the basic to the complex. The lab rotation in four laboratories provided me with an opportunity to expand my perspective and choose a project of personal interest. Now, the challenge is coming, and I will get ready for it.
Participating in the leading program, I found many opportunities for growth. The program offers opportunities to learn about advances in the scientific field. In addition, the program helps us improve leadership and communication skills through its internships, studying abroad programs, and international symposiums. I think that these experiences are useful for us in researching and working in the field in the future. I have research my project with growing me during a half of years in the program.
Our Picobiology course contains many aspects, such as studying abroad to improve our language skills in the US and research work in a foreign lab, and an internship in a company.. These aspects are tough but inspiring. So, if you want to challenge them, they provide us great opportunities to become future global leaders. All students in the course take various types of training relevant to biological studies. For example, in some lectures, the latest scientific technologies are introduced. Actually, I experienced and learned many skills through the internship and technical courses. So, I would like to apply the skills that I have obtained here for creating greater advantages for our society.
The training in this leading program is aimed at producing global leaders. What do we need and what do we have to do, in order to be a global leader? We are currently challenging many curriculums positively, such as internship, study abroad, and organization of an international symposium. Through these opportunities, I intend to find answers to those questions and to obtain leadership skills. My research ability and skills at expressing my opinion are currently far from the perfect, and thus I intend to apply great efforts to achieve my ideal capability though this leading program.
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.
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.
This leading program provides many opportunities (e.g., structural biology training course, study abroad, and internship) for broadening our horizons, improving our problem-solving skills, and enhancing our global communication skills. These skills are essential for next generation leaders.
I have had many opportunities to learn different things here. I could learn about many fields, not just one. This is a characteristic feature of this program. Further, the lecture on career path was a good experience for me. I learned about the careers of people who graduated from this university and how this program prepared them for their careers. It was a fresh experience for me because I had not studied in a university before.
Mohammad Abdul Auwal
I consider myself lucky to join the leading program that is linked with the world's most advanced Picobiology practices in Spring-8, SACLA and JAEA. The scope of learning and training provided here; has exceeded my expectation. The lab rotation facility gave me the opportunity to know what I want to work with and then I have joined the laboratory of regeneration biology. The best thing about research is one can constantly learn new things, encounter new challenges, and improve problem solving skills. I hope my research here, can open up new lines of inquiry and I want to use it as the foundation for a fruitful career.
Mohamad Jamali Muhamad Arif
After being here for six months, I see that life here is very different from my previous places of study. The most significant different is the culture. Work, social life, education, temperature, and food here are very different from my home country. However, being different does not mean that I do not enjoy it, and sometimes I very much enjoy these differences. I can learn and try many new things here, and I particularly enjoy Japanese food.
Mohamad Ikhwan Bin Jamaludin
As a doctoral candidate in a country foreign to me, I take student life as a personal challenge and opportunity to develop my personality and learn communication and leadership skills. Research, experiments, and presentations are the focus for doctoral candidates in biology. Because I have a different major background, my supervisors and lab colleagues have helped me to master those challenges. Overall, I enjoy my new environment here very much, which is surrounded by beautiful nature. I look forward to more good experiences.
It has been seven months since I came to Japan, and I gradually became accustomed to life here. The natural environment around our campus is extremely beautiful, even breathing the air lifts my spirits. The teachers and students are friendly, and they helped me in all aspects of my adjustment during the first several months. Learning Japanese has been challenging and interesting, but thanks to the Japanese course on Wednesdays, I am learning Japanese systematically and learning about Japanese culture by talking with the volunteer. I am extremely satisfied with my life at the university.
There are many tasks: PhD research, lectures and activities related to the leading program, in the leading program. So, I felt that it was important to manage time to perform tasks effectively. I think that time management will contribute to my research and to society in the future. I often feel stressed because the leading program requires many things, but this environment makes my life fruitful.
In the half period of the first grade FY, students are very busy attending training courses and various lectures. After that, I mainly worked on my research subjects, while completing other curriculums, which are fortunately better spaced out. Because I have entered into this Ph.D. course as a third-year student, I must plan my curriculums to satisfy the conditions for graduation, and management capability is a requisite. I live in a dormitory that is located very close to my lab, and this environment contributes to my research. Also, our university is surrounded by beautiful nature, and the air is very fresh and clean, and the stars are brilliant at night.
In the half year of first grade FY, we experienced Spring-8, SACLA, J-PARK, and learned high performance computation using supercomputers. It was important for me to learn the “principles” of the experiments and theoretical analyses, rather than their practical aspects. Next, we will draft proposals based on our own research subjects. I aim to elucidate functional mechanisms of biological macromolecular systems, and design novel pharmaceutical compounds, using various computational and theoretical techniques. For this purpose, I plan to develop a novel theory based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and the information theory. Thus, it is crucial for me to learn the basic theories on physics, chemistry, and computer science as well as life sciences, thereby unifying the principles as my own methodology, which should be applied to the above-mentioned analysis of biological systems.
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.
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.
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.
This program combines lectures and other activities with research assignments.
It sometimes seems difficult to do everything together, but I believe this experience will likely become a lifelong treasure. Thanks to the support of the people around me, such as other program students, friends, and lab members, I'm having a wonderful time in this course.
My life as a student involves conducting research. I am currently analyzing the catalytic mechanism of protein using computer simulations. For performing an exact analysis, I need knowledge about many fields beyond just biology, for example, mathematics, physics, and programming. Therefore, I try to learn more about different fields through my research in order to improve myself. Moreover, I tend to discuss my research with other laboratory members in order to achieve good results as far as possible.
Mohammad Abdul Auwal
It has been almost 1 year since I joined the leading program as a foreign student. Adaptation and settling in this new place was not very difficult because of immense help by the Professors and student welfare officers. Moreover, the students here are very helpful and I was guided very well by them. The retreat program is a very good opportunity for interaction and gathering knowledge through group discussions with professors and students. Life here mostly revolves around lectures, trainings, experiments and assignments but the barbeque parties and seminars in different places are great refreshment.
I joined the SGI (Silicon Graphics International), Japan, for my one-month internship. SGI is a vendor of supercomputers, whose headquarters are located in the US. Although I usually use some supercomputers to perform my research, the internship provided me a distinct viewpoint on supercomputers. For example, I understood the provision of services to support scientists’ work by developing new software systems. Thereby, I have understood that the latest advanced technologies on the architectures of hardware and software for supercomputers are definitely indispensable for all the advanced science and technology fields. This was my important experience during my internship, and was very fruitful to me. So, I thank all who helped me during the internship in the company.
An aim of the internship in this leading program is to train for the skills that we need in order to be a global leader in the future. I joined the Advanced Telecommunications Research International Institute (ATR), and conducted an analysis employing a machine learning technique. This internship has made me aware that, first, it is important to understand each other and share the policies among people who major in different subjects and second, how to identify problems and solve those problems. as I mentioned above, the basic and comprehensive understandings on various interdisciplinary fields are essential for discussions with people of distinct fields.
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.
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.
Kyushu Pet Food Company fortunately accepted me as an intern. I practically experienced the main operations of the company such as production, packing, quality control, and development. In particular, in the development department, I got the opportunity to learn about things that I did not know as a consumer; for example, cost, packaging, maintaining product quality, and style. This internship helped me learn the perspective of a producer. This experience will surely help me in the future.
General Healthcare Inc. will propel the development of science and medicine by creating a smooth flow of new scientific information around the world, contribute to the further development of medicine, life science, healthcare, and rehabilitation, and provide an abundant life to people around the world.
I participated in this company's internship program since I was (and still am) interested in the popularization of scientific knowledge. During the internship, I was mainly engaged in the activation of “TROPE,” a website that distributes scientific information. This experience gave me an insight into new business development and an opportunity to be a part of a venture company.
In the sweltering summer in Kyoto, I had precious opportunities to deeply consider my future. In August 2015, I interned at HORIBA, Ltd., where I worked in research and development. I had plenty of opportunities to talk with different kinds of people and to attend meetings held there. I noticed many differences between what happens in industry and what is taught in universities. I will introspect and find out what I should prioritize in my life using this experience as a reference.
I have done my internship in Chinese Jilin Center For Disease Control and Prevention last year. I gained knowledge on leadership skills from this internship experience. My regular routine during the internship was similar to what I learned in research life, such as conducting some test for meat production and submit a report for test results. However, I realized the importance of communication when I was asked to convey the information to the other company. A good communication could help the people work better and explain the problem clearly to the coworkers.
In 2015 summer, I was fortunate enough to finish my internship in the Supercomputer K. In this facility, I was assigned a project to implement the PSO algorithm to their quantum mechanism calculation program. This internship taught me the difference between engineering projects and fundamental science research. The former one is a strict target-oriented procedure, every part of gearwheel is at service for the designated target, no such things as “negative results are helpful results”. But in science research region, the hypothesis guides the path. Any different approach methods may also lead to various interesting discovery. This truth-oriented procedure with the exploration and the uncertainty is necessary and much more exciting, sometimes may even more meaningful.
I had the privilege to do my internship in Suntory World Research Center. This 6 weeks journey was something beyond my expectation. I was working closely with the yeast molecular biology team. I was able to see a research environment different from educational research. I had lectures on many current projects carried out in Suntory. I could realize the innovative skills of each individual to come up with new ideas to make their products unique and presentable to society. Apart from research, the hospitality I received from all the working colleagues was unbelievably great. This was an opportunity for me to experience culture and working ethics in Japan.
Muadz Bin Ahmad Mazian
Internship at Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah“Is like a dream comes true” when I had a chance to experience how to be an intern in a big hospital! From 3rd July to 14th August, I was given a chance to do my internship at one of the advanced hospitals in Malaysia, Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, located in Pahang state. This is a really good opportunity for students to learn and experience real working field in a government sector. The hospital is located at the heart of Pahang state and makes it easy and fast to access in case of emergency case. There is Pathology department in the hospital that lead by Dr Noor Suhaila were the main objective of the department is to analyze biological samples taken from the patients. Besides learning various microbiology techniques during hands task, I also learned how to improve my soft skills, such as communication, leadership, social, language and interpersonal skills. I will not be able to learn these soft skills in laboratory or classes in the university.