Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido University

Graduate Programs

Information for international students who want to join us

We are accepting graduate students in master's and doctor's program.
Graduate students from any country are welcome to our institute. Our laboratories are engaged in several graduate programs, including Graduate Schools of Medicine, Chemistry, and Life Science. Our staff scientist (Professor, Associate professor, and Assistant professor) will be happy to promote research with you, an ambitious young scientist. Now please visit the individual home page in which you are interested, and write an e-mail to the PI!

Graduate School of Medicine
Research Project Principal investigator e-mail
Investigation of molecular mechanism involved in the CNS disorders caused by damaged neural stem/precursor cells and identification of their therapeutic targets Toru Kondo, Ph.D.
(Stem Cell Biology)
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Differentiation of immune cells Ken-ichiro Seino, M.D., Ph.D.
Elucidating the carcinogenic mechanisms and generating anti-cancer drug leads Masahiro Sonoshita, Ph.D.
(Biomedical Oncology)
Study on 3D genome organization and related diseases Ken-ich Noma, Ph.D.
(Genome Biology)
Molecular mechanism of chronic inflammation induced by T cell-medaited cytokines and neural signaling Masaaki Murakami, V.M.D., Ph.D.
(Molecular Psychoimmunology)
Molecular mechanisms of autophagy and liquid-liquid phase separation involved in various life phenomena Noda Nobuo, Ph.D.
(Functional Immunology)
Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
Research Project Principal investigator e-mail
Sensing mechanisms and signaling pathways for the activaton of innate immunity Akinori Takaoka, M.D., Ph.D.
(Signaling in Cancer and Immunology)
Cellular polarity and mechanics in normal and diseased contexts Fumio MOTEGI, Ph.D.
(Developmental Physiology)
Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering
Research Project Principal investigator e-mail
Generation of Animal Models for Cancer, Immune, and Infectious Diseases Kumiko Yoshimatsu, D.V.M., Ph.D.
(Laboratory of Animal Experiment)
Graduate School of Life Science
Research Project Principal investigator e-mail
Understanding the cell fate determination by post-translational modifications and inter-organelle communications, and the interactions between immune and nervous systems Tomohiko Okazaki, Ph. D.
(Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology)

Guidelines for Applicants

Steps to take enroll at Hokkaido University as a graduate or research student:

  1. Find a faculty member in that field
  2. Apply to that faculty member for acceptance
  3. Obtain informal consent for acceptance from that faculty member
  4. You need to have completed procedures 1 to 4 six months prior to intended enrollment
  5. Request an application form for the major or from the graduate school you wish to enter
  6. Pay the examination fee
  7. Submit the application
  8. Take the entrance examination (not required for research students)
  9. Receive a letter of acceptance
  10. Apply for housing facilities for international students
  11. Apply for a student visa
  12. Come to Japan
  13. Enroll Hokkaido University

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) scholarship

If you wish to receive the Japanese Government Scholarship (i.e., if you wish to be a Japanese Government Scholarship Student), you can apply through the Embassy of Japan or Hokkaido University. To apply through the Japanese Embassy, please ask for details at the nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate by March of the year before the year of intended entrance.

List of Japanese Embassies and Consulates (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)

University recommendation

Students coming to a Japanese university from their own country can apply for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship through the university in Japan which they intend to enroll in. Please ask for application details at the Student Exchange Office.