I want to encounter the unknown and discover my own potential in wider society.
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
I am currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, but I did my undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary college combining both natural sciences and humanities/social sciences and learned a wide variety of approaches. I decided to apply for HWIP because I believed I could make good use of my undergraduate experiences in an environment where students from many different backgrounds come together to tackle problems by effectively combining their respective disciplinary expertise. The program also provides extensive support in forms such as internships, overseas training, English language classes, and a variety of other features. As well as offering insight into areas I have not explored before, HWIP promises to equip me with a pro-active attitude toward solving problems.
Q What is your expertise and who do you want to develop it with the program?
I am affiliated with the laboratory of mitochondrial dynamics and undertaking research on mitochondrial dissociation, fusion, degradation, and other dynamic states. Even compared with other organelles, mitochondria are enigmatic entities, and I find them utterly enthralling. I am focusing especially on the system of mitochondria quality management known as mitophagy, with the hope of shedding more light on its mechanisms. I am really looking forward to having the potential of my own research extended through feedback from people in different fields, and to delving into new areas unexplored by others.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
I would like to develop my initiative and communicative abilities in HWIP, and eventually to share the knowledge and skills I acquire at graduate school with wider society. More than anything, my goal is to lead a free and personally fulfilling life. I want to make use of the many opportunities available in HWIP and my graduate school to find my own place in society.