Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University

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My place in Sendai
My IDAC Experience

I was officially a PhD student at Professor Manabu Fukumoto's Lab (Department of Pathology, IDAC) and I performed my research in the Ikawa Lab (Department of Project Program). I had an amazing time and a great learning experience in both labs. The best thing I learned from Dr. Shuntaro Ikawa was how to design my own research and to work independently. Furthermore, I had freedom in exploring my own research interests and even if there was a tight budget, I received almost all the support from him. The working environment of his lab was very comfortable and I worked with many nice and supportive colleagues, especially Dr. Yuiko Morita-Fujimura and Dr. Hiroshi Tawarayama. Also, Fukumoto sensei helped me a lot, especially in my academic activities and he was always there for me when I had questions and concerns. I am also grateful for IDAC having a common instrument section with many cutting edge research equipments, and I am particularly indebted to Hiromi Yoshida-san. She was very helpful and I learned to operate many equipments such as the Flow Cytometry, Immunofluorescence and Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope.

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IDAC is also an excellent institution for researchers who want to discuss their research with experts from neighboring labs. For example, I had the opportunity to talk in-depth about my project with Professor Natsuko Chiba from the Department of Cancer Biology, and Professor Kozo Tanaka from the Department of Molecular Oncology. I received valuable suggestions from them, which helped me quite a lot to improve my research. In addition, Chiba sensei helped me extensively with my research by providing access to many reagents from her lab.

In addition, I took part in a grant writing competition sponsored by IDAC, where I was able to receive funds and support for my research. Surprisingly, IDAC also provided travel support for me when I showed interest in presenting my research at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in the United States. Presenting my research in such a renowned venue was a great experience for me and I had the opportunity to meet international experts in my research area. For this golden opportunity, I would like to thank Professor Ryuta Kawashima (Director of IDAC) for all his kind attention and support.

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As for living in Sendai, I found the city very convenient. It is not too crowded and as a PhD student on a budget, housing around IDAC was quite affordable. There are also many nice places to visit around Sendai, especially Matsushima bay and the Mt. Zao area. Almost every weekend, I visited different attraction with my friends. Moreover, commuting is also convenient in Sendai. In addition to the city bus and train, I rode my bicycle throughout my five year in Sendai to go everywhere. Finally, I would like to say that living in Sendai and working at IDAC was one of the greatest life experience for me.
 Thank you IDAC for all the great opportunities!

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