The Ph.D. Program in Human Biology is a 5 year doctoral program integrating biological science, medicine, computational science, and materials science.

Education and Research System

Laboratory Rotation

Research Lab Rotation

HBP students engage in a research lab rotation as part of "Basic Experiments in Human Biology" for a month and a half in spring or autumn.

HBP Required Course:Basic Experiments in Human Biology

Outline of Course:
The students learn the outline of each research and basic experimental methods/research concepts and perform elementary experiments/simulation at research laboratories headed by program professors.

Faculty member in charge: Akira Shibuya (Professor, HBP)

HBP students engage in a research lab rotation

Message from the teacher

Mitsuyasu Kato

Why is working outside your own laboratory so important?
- University is a treasure chest-

Professor Mitsuyasu Kato Chief of HBP Academic Affairs

You can often find a fascinating research world even in the laboratories you work every day. We know that moving forward as soon as possible is a habit of us, all human beings. However, in our program, we encourage our students to make a side trip and get exposed to the world they never knew by offering the course, 'Basic Experiments in Human Biology'. In this course, the first-year students work in the four different laboratories for one week each. While someone who is fully occupied by bacteriology may find a new aspect of biology from mathematical approach, another one living in the computer-oriented world might be dissecting mice at laboratory. Such startling experiences can open a door to the new world. Knowing something different can be an incentive to establish individual.
The university is a treasure chest. You may find a key to self-actualization in the world you have never been interested in.

Students' Comment on Lab Rotation

Dividing spores of yeast under a microscope using a micromanipulator (tetrad analysis)

I observed cellular responses to growth factor stimuli through a fluorescence microscope and entire biological responses of genetically modified nematodes to temperature stress. From this experience, I became more interested in the issues concerning the relations between life and environment. I believe that I can apply the new aspects and approaches I learnt to my own research. (L. Sha)

I have expanded my academic perspective through learning immunology, yeast research, bioinformatics, and embryology from the basic to the experimental level from the faculty members in a short period of time. I found it exciting that all the techniques being used conventionally in other research fields can be applied to my research.(M. Hashimoto)

Experimental practice of yeast genetics

I was able to spend a valuable time while engaging in the laboratories of a variety of fields. I was able to gain knowledge and techniques outside of my field and get to know faculty members who worked together in the laboratories. (Y.Miura)

I was able to deepen my interest and insight through the experimental studies in which I engaged using other model organism than mice that I normally use in my laboratory, such as yeast and nematodes. Those experiments in different fields enabled me to penetrate insight to my research from different angles. (T.Kikuchi)

During my lab rotation, I extracted proteins from cancer cells, took the skin off laboratory mice, and solved eigenvalue problems. Those experiments were quite shocking to me who merely handle bacteria. This invaluable experience broadened my perspectives of my research. (A. Takemura)

Laboratories used in Lab Rotation
Faculty Member Name of Research Field
Kyosuke NAGATA Doctor of Pharmacology: Virology, Molecular Biology
Yasunori KANAHO Doctor of Pharmacology: Physiological Chemistry, Cell Biology
Mitsuyasu KATO Doctor of Medicine: Pathology
Satoru TAKAHASHI Doctor of Medicine: Developmental Engineering/Molecular Biology
Kenji IRIE Doctor of Science: Molecular Cell Biology
Osamu OHNEDA Doctor of Medicine: Regenerative Medicine/Stem Cell Biology
Akira SHIBUYA Doctor of Medicine: Medicine Immunology
Tadashi BABA Doctor of Agriculture: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Akiyoshi FUKAMIZU Doctor of Agriculture: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Jun YANAGISAWA Doctor of Pharmacy: Molecular Biology
Tomoki CHIBA Doctor of Medicine: Molecular Cell Biology
Tetsuya SAKURAI Doctor of Engineering: Numerical Analysis
Shoji MAKINO Doctor of Engineering: Media & Information Science
Kazuhiro KAWAMURA Doctor of Science: Topology/Combinatorics
Masaki KITA Doctor of Science: Bioorganic Chemistry/Natural Products

Home Internship

Course Type Experiments /
Practical Training
Credit Module Time
02RA102 Experiment
/ Practical
Home Internship
(Omics Analysis)
1 Spr.
In Sato T
Kanaho Y
02RA103 Experiment
/ Practical
Home Internship
(Integrative Physiology)
1 Spr.
Ir Yada Y
Kanaho Y
The Home Internship engages students in on-campus internships. Attending laboratory activities led by researchers working in business companies, students will understand research principles in business circles as well as a variety of research approaches related to recent social needs.




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the University of Tsukuba
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