Tatami Room in Japan

IRES: Summer Biology Research Program in Japan

Research focus: Novel Genetic Elements Regulating Behavior of Medaka and Zebrafish.

Informational Webinars

Tuesday, October 4th from 8-9pm EST

Watch October 4 Recording

You will be sent a Zoom link after registering.


September 8, 2022

Watch September 8 Recording

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

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.

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.

After an online orientation during the spring semester, the six students will spend one week in Nagoya for on-site orientation and then eight weeks at one of the following sites:

Students at all three sites will work on related projects.

As part of a National Science Foundation funded program, accepted students are provided with:

  • Roundtrip International Airfare
  • All Lodging in Japan
  • A $5,000 stipend

The application period for the Summer 2023 program will be from September 1, 2022 to November 9, 2022. For Summer 2023 the program will run from January to late July (report will be due after return to U.S.) with the program running in Japan from Monday, May 15 through Friday, July 14th.

Please read the application instructions carefully before applying. The online application requires uploading essays, a transcript and two letters of recommendation.

For further information, contact Dr. Carlos Molina, molinac@montclair.edu