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Specialists who have completed the Doctoral Program are quite active at home and abroad.

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Career Options after Completion of the Doctoral Program

More than half of the students completing the Doctoral Program work as medical doctors or medical experts at general hospitals or at university hospitals. The second largest career sector is as researchers at universities and companies.

(As of May 2017)

Career Options

Message from a Graduate of the Doctoral Program

First steps toward conducting research

Associate professor, Division of Dermatology, Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital

Satoru Shinkuma, MD, PhD.

Going on to graduate school in 2008, I began research into hereditary skin disorders. We identified gene mutations in patients with inherited skin diseases in the doctoral program, and were able to elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms of the diseases.

After graduation from the doctoral course, I was involved in clinical, education and research work on the staff of the department of dermatology, Hokkaido University for one and a half years. Then, to develop curative treatments of hereditary skin diseases, I studied for two years at Columbia University in the United States. I was doing research on regenerative medicine using gene therapy and iPS cells.

After returning to the department of dermatology of Hokkaido University, I moved to Niigata University and have been engaged in development of new regeneration treatments for hereditary skin diseases there. In order to provide an ever so small relief to patients suffering from diseases, I try to develop new therapies and that provides a feeling of accomplishment in my life. This has been achieved thanks to going on to graduate school and taking the first steps toward conducting research.

(As of April 2017)

Satoru Shinkuma Satoru Shinkuma

Message from a Graduate of the Doctoral Program

Good opportunity for learning basics of scientific study

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Megumi Tatematsu, PhD.

I received my Ph.D. at the Department of microbiology and immunology in 2013, and continued to work as an assistant professor. In our laboratory, we can work on different kinds of experiments including molecular biological experiments, physiological experiments, and in vivo analysis using mouse models.

This is a very attractive environment for me to learn basic techniques and ways of thinking in life science research, and I went on to the doctoral course. I am still a beginner as a researcher, I increasingly feel that the study of life science is difficult but that it is extremely interesting to develop research plans and conduct the various experiments by myself.

The experience I have gained as a doctoral course student has been a powerful help for me to promote my current study to explore novel mechanisms in human immunity.

(As of July 2015)
*Since September 2015, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, University of Munich (Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital der Universität München)

Megumi Tatematsu Megumi Tatematsu

Messages from Graduates of the MD-PhD Program

Graduate from MD-PhD Program

Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Yasutaka Kato, MD, PhD.

I'm a graduate of the first class of the MD-PhD Program and now belong to the Department of Cancer Pathology as an assistant professor.

Now, when I work at the department of cancer pathology as an Assistant Professor, I look back on the days in the MD-PhD Program. There I could concentrate on my research and despite more difficulties than the number of monkeys in the mountains of my hometown (Gunma prefecture), I didn’t feel troubled because of the comfortable environment. It is a very challenging job for a pathologist to use molecular techniques to provide objective proof of pathologic findings which are based on many subjective issues. I want to continue the research without changing my policies.

Here is a chance for you to join us to enjoy research together in this comfortable environment!

(As of May 2015)
* Since June 2016, studying at the Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)

Yasutaka Kato Yasutaka Kato

What are matters of real importance?

Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University

Ken Takashima, MD, PhD.

I completed the doctoral course (MD-PhD course) in March 2017 and I have been engaged in research as a specially appointed assistant professor in the immunology department since April 2017.

I was inspired by the rapidity of progress in the basic research field and the life style of researchers that are pursuing important questions uncompromisingly made me decide to enter the PhD course.

Currently I analyze the regulatory mechanisms of innate immune responses using a mouse model. In my PhD study, molecular biological analysis was my main research approach, but now I'm gradually expanding the range of research methods to understand inflammatory control at the biological level.

Although there is still a long way ahead till I become a full-fledged researcher, I always want to remain aware of the wonders in front of me while asking myself what important questions there are to pursue.

(As of April 2017)

Ken Takashima Ken Takashima