Majors of Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences

Chair's Message(Chair of the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences)

Devoted to Life Science and Disease Research

The University of Tsukuba has been designated one of the 22 “Research Universities” in Japan by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Here, in the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences, more than 40 research supervisors are conducting cutting-edge research in a variety of fields. Basic life science researchers are pursuing the question “What is life and how does it work?” A number of researchers in the program are devoted to disease research to gain insight into the pathogenesis of intractable diseases such as cancer, neuropsychiatric diseases, sleep disorders, allergy, and autoimmune diseases, and to find better ways to diagnose and cure such diseases.
The approaches towards research questions are also diverse among the groups, which include molecular biology, biochemistry, chemical biology, developmental bioengineering, physiology, pathology, microbiology, genetics, genomics, systems biology, bioimaging, environmental medicine, and epidemiology. Please visit our web site. By clicking on some of the research fields, you will find a researcher in any field of your interest.

A Step Towards Originality

Originality is one of the important factors in research. But how can you develop your originality? One way is to look at your research from alternative viewpoints. To ensure that you can do this in a systematic way, we have set up a curriculum in which you attend laboratory meetings held by a member of faculty other than your own research supervisor. Such an experience will help you develop your own, unique research ideas by incorporating multiple approaches into your research. This system is also helpful in familiarizing you with the educational policies and styles of multiple laboratories, which will be valuable to you in building your own style when you open your own laboratory and teach your students in the future. Furthermore, you will spontaneously become acquainted with a number of faculty staff and students, which will be helpful in building your own network.

One of the “Super Global” Universities

The University of Tsukuba is one of the 13 “Super Global” universities selected by MEXT. Thanks to the leadership of Professor Mitsuyasu Kato, former Chair of the Program, currently about half of the program’s students are international students from overseas. All of the program’s lectures for international students are offered in English. Of course, you can also defend your thesis in English.

Science City Under the Great Blue Sky

Tsukuba is easily accessible from Tokyo—just an hour’s ride by commuter train. It is a “Science City,” where a number of research facilities in addition to the university are located. Nevertheless, Tsukuba has the “great blue sky” and is full of greenery. We invite you to study and work together with our friendly staff in this ideal environment for PhD research.

(English editing by Ms Flaminia Miyamasu, Medical English Communications Center (MECC);
photography by Yuki Hachiya, MSc, 2016 alumna of the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences)

Naoyuki Tsuchiya

Naoyuki Tsuchiya
Chair, Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences