Education of Graduate Students in the Department of Cellular Neurobiology

We place four major emphases in education of graduate students.

1. Encourage students to think independently.

Students in the PhD Program should have their own opinion and a point of view in research projects. Soon after enrollment in the program, they are asked to critically read previous publications and discuss the tentative projects with senior scientists. Through this process, students select topics which are related to their own interest and also fit with the research background of our laboratory. For students in the Master's Program, we generally provide pre-arranged topics, but proposals from students are also welcome.

2. Encourage students to learn from experiments.

Scientists with good ideas, but without will and diligence to realize them, can not be successful. Clever scientists are not always good scientists, mainly because they foresee difficulties associated with their projects too early and can not keep their motivation after starting real experiments. Once students select their research projects, it is important for them to be patient and be more or less insensitive to criticism. Students are encouraged to stay late in the laboratory, perform many experiments, and learn especially from mistakes and negative results.

3. Encourage students to acquire skills for presentation.

When scientists obtain good results, they have to present data effectively and precisely. When scientists are stuck in the middle of their projects, they have to ask help from other scientists by explaining their experiments and associated problems as clearly as possible. Scientists without presentation ability will not survive. Students will receive advices to improve their presentation skill in either English or Japanese in every opportunity associated with seminars, scientific meetings, and manuscript writings.

4. Encourage students to have positive attitudes.

The above three points are written as "Encourage students to XX", indicating that the most important characters required for scientists are "being positive and independent". Behavior of students in the laboratory should not be passive, but should be based on their own positive motivation and immediate action. The reason we get together to do research in the laboratory is not to belong to something authorized, but to combine effort of individual scientists/students to achieve scientific contributions that can not be done by isolated individuals. Newly enrolled students tend to be passive due to their lack of knowledge, but we strongly suggest them to positively participate in scientific discussions and other activities in the laboratory.

We have slots for both the Master's Program and the PhD Program of the Graduate School of Medicine. For details, please check the link below.
[Application leaflet for the Master's Program 2011]
[Application leaflet for the Doctorate Program of Medicine 2011]

If you have questions related to enrollment of the Graduate School, send e-mail to; (secretary to Prof.Okabe)

Medical Scientist Training Program

Please see [MD Program Homepage] for details.

Lectures and Courses

Please see [Lectures and Courses] in Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Homepage.

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