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IRES: Summer Biology Research Program in Japan

The research focus for this program is Novel Genetic Elements Regulating Behavior of Medaka and Zebrafish.

Posted in: Biology, CSAM Research, CSAM Students, Opportunities, Undergraduate

Tatami Room in Japan
Tatami Room in Japan, Photo Credit: Mika Munakata

This grant-funded international research program allows students to engage in scientific collaborations at top biology institutes in Japan.

2023 Program Dates

  • September 1, 2022 – November 9, 2022: Application Period
  • January – May 9: Online pre-departure introduction (in the U.S.) 
  • May 13: Students depart for Japan 
  • May 16 – May 19:Introduction to laboratory techniques in Nagoya
  • May 22 – July 14: Eight week program on site
    • The National Institute of Genetics (Mishima, Japan) 
    • The Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules at Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan) 
    • The National Institute of Basic Biology (Okazaki, Japan) 
  • July 15: return to US 

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF Project #1952513), this summer program (including nine weeks in Japan) will provide students with invaluable research and intercultural experiences while working with an international team of biologists on CRISPR-Cas9 techniques generating transgenic fish to study genetic elements regulating  behavior. Students will receive a $5000 stipend along with compensation for travel and accommodation expenses.

The program is open to Montclair State and non-Montclair State students who are advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in state-of-the-art gene editing molecular biology techniques. See Eligibility section for details. The program consists of nine weeks of full-time research in a Japanese laboratory, mentored by faculty member from the Japanese institutions.

Full Program Information & Application