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Report on Short-term Visiting Program in Taiwan

Go Kikuchi: M1, Master's Program in Medical Sciences

Major: Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology

Accepting Laboratory: Dr. TL Shen Laboratory

Report on Achievements from the 2nd Short-term Visiting Program in Taiwan

CBT Summer Course
   Pairing up with a student from the National Taiwan University, I learned the Real-Time PCR, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry and protein purification through the lectures and practices.

Lab Rotation
Laboratory of Cell Biology (Dr. Tang-Long Shen)
   Using the mouse cornea and 3T3 fibroblast strain, examined the effect of FAK(focal adhesion kinase) on Cell migration.

Activity Report
   We, the graduate students, tend to have a subjective values on matters, thus it is important for us to evaluate ourselves through objective aspects. Though this is the case, it is difficult for us to have such an opportunity when we stay in our laboratory all through the day, conducting our researches. That is why I have decided to participate in this program.

   The first week was a CBT Summer Course where we each paired up with a Taiwanese student and learned about the major experimental methodology through lectures and practices. The lectures were focused on the explanation of principle, some of them highly leveled contents, which were very meaningful for me. I was impressed at how the course was organized that the lectures and practices were linked together for us to have a better understanding of them.
   The second week was a lab rotation which I spent in Dr.Tang-Long Shen's Laboratory and conducted the experiments. In the lab rotation, I was in a situation where I was given only four days to conduct the experiments, analyze data, and prepare slides. This was extremely difficult for me since I only had few experiences on conducting researches and presentations. The fact is, I was not at all satisfied with my presentation and I was mortified.

   As a result, this experience ended as a bitter one, but I think I was successful in achieving the goal of this program, the "Overseas Musha-shugyo (samurai errantry)". It is up to me to make the most of this devastated experience in my future research activities and I am grateful to have given this valuable opportunity to self-examine.

   The one thing which I thought was inconvenient was that I didn't know my prospective laboratory until my arrival in Taiwan. If I had known it before leaving Japan, I would've had some time to prepare and would have made more efficient achievements. Since this has been the case from last year, I hope that it will be improved next year.

   I am grateful for the teachers, staffs and the students at the NTU for accepting the graduate students from the University of Tsukuba with hospitality and making this possible. And I would also like to thank the teachers at the University of Tsukuba and Ms.Sakuma of the Office of Planning and Evaluation for Graduate Education for the various arrangements.

(From report)


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