One Doctoral and seven undergraduate students (3 of Chemistry Department, 3 of Faculty of Biotechnology and 2 of Faculty of Bioengineering & Bioinformatics) from Moscow State University, from 10 Feb. to 23 Feb. 2020, were accepted to Graduate Major in Life Science and Technology, and Graduate Major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Tech.
On the first day of the program, the orientation guidance was conducted which included the lecture regarding the research that students were going to involve.
Tours to Ookayama and Suzukakedai campus were also held and students visited laboratories, libraries and supercomputer. These tours helped understand the structure of Tokyo Tech’s research environment.
Incidentally, from this year, this short-term program introduced the training for practical experiment, students choose a host laboratory and join experiment study same as long-term program has been taking.
Three days fruitful experiences were shared with professors and other peers at the result presentation held on 21 Feb. using PPT materials. As seen the comments from students, the program enhanced their research and presentation skills and found high educational effects.
On 17 Feb., they had a field trip with Tokyo Tech students visiting Ajinomoto Co.,Inc. in Kawasaki (Kawasaki Plant, Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals, and Client Innovation Center).
At the Kawasaki Plant, they experienced shaving katsuobushi (Dried bonito) and confirmed the effect of sodium glutamate to enhance the umami taste.
With full support of facilities, they learned the research in detail and well-equipped facilities that one of Japanese company running.
・I was impressed by their fields of study and technology application, especially by the designing of fermentation bacteria.
・I also enjoyed an excursion to Ajinomoto factory. It was really thrilling to get to know how glutamate has contributed to the development of Japanese cuisine.