Student's Activities and International Exchange
Student Work and Activities
The fast-growing fields of life science and biotechnology seek internationally active individuals who are able to open up a new era. By creating an independent study environment, the School of Life Science and Technology supports a variety of activities in which students take initiative and proactively communicate with other students and researchers around the world.
Learn by yourself, think actively, and materialize the idea with originality and ingenuity
Students at School of Life Science and Technology are trained to materialize the idea with originality and ingenuity from the first year of the bachelor’s degree program in courses such as Processes for Creation in Science and Technology, International Bio-Creative Design, and Advanced Bio-Creative Design. There are also opportunities to participate in presentation contests and give a speech on their achievements.
Tokyo Tech Team wins another gold medal at iGEM
Approximately 200 teams of students from around the world participate in International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), an international competition in synthesis biology. Tokyo Tech Team, which mainly consisted of students from the School of Life Science and Technology, is famous for its record by winning the 11th consecutive gold medal.
Looking to the future of life science with world-famous researchers
With the hope of becoming world-class investigators, undergraduate and graduate students as well as young researchers can enrich their perspectives through participation in Bioscience and Biotechnology International Symposia and Top Leaders Forums where they can meet superb academics from home and abroad.
Join workshops and training seminars abroad
Tokyo Tech offers students the opportunity to attend overseas workshops and training seminars in order to foster global leadership.
Exposure to cross-cultural environments while studying abroad
International internships are among the many ways in which students have the opportunity to visit universities and research institutes abroad. These programs aim to develop human resources in the field of life science and individuals capable of playing an active role in the world.
Study abroad experiences
The three months I spent at the Gilestro Laboratory at Imperial College London was a hugely valuable experience. In the long-established academic culture of the UK, I observed that anything essential to the pursuit of academic excellence was respected above everything else. This meant that, unlike in Japan where students seldom counter the opinions of faculty members, students in the UK did not hesitate to engage in a battle of logic with their instructors. I found this setting extremely powerful, as it enables discussions among groups of individuals to come up with answers that would otherwise not be possible. I learnt a lot from my internship and intend to build on this experience as I continue to pursue my research.
I worked as an intern for five months at the Pamela Silver Laboratory at Harvard Medical School. During my stay, not only was I able to acquire new skills in imaging and analysis, but I was able to meet a diverse community of researchers and observe the different ways in which Japanese and American universities and laboratories are organized. This experience has impacted the way I view research as well. The pursuit of science should not be about following trends set by others. It should be about taking on unique and edgy research that explores new fields.
Students talk about their life in the lab
KAWAMURA, Reiya doctoral student
My research is on about pheromones in the urine of African tropical fish. School of Life Science and Technology let us study a wide variety of interesting research such as my research. They can offer us abundant funds, state-of-the-art facilities, and unique classes, which can lead us to become ingenious scientists. Why not you take the plunge into the fascinating world of science in this fantastic environment??
ANNO, Takuto master's student
I am engaged in research on the functional regulation of the protein called SNARE. I am able to enjoy my research every day with the kind supports of my colleagues though I sometimes have trouble with my research. Additionally, I have my fulfilling student life because I can adjust my time flexibly and do my club activities.
NARA, Eriko undergraduate student
I belong to the Ogura Laboratory, where we are engaged in research for medical applications.
At first, I didn't know what to expect, but my seniors were very kind to me, so I enjoy every day in the laboratory.
Although sometimes things do not go well, I find it rewarding to feel that my research is directly useful to society.