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Karolinska Institutet - RIKEN Joint International Doctoral Course "Epigenomics: Methods and Applications to Disease and Development"




A joint international doctoral course on the subject “Epigenomics: Methods and Applications to Disease and Development” between the RIKEN Yokohama institute Omics Science Center and Karolinska Institutet Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (Sweden) will be held from February 6th to February 13th, 2013 at Omics Science Center, RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Yokohama, Japan.
Its main purpose is to give doctoral students the possibility to learn about molecular biology from cutting-edge researchers from leading international research institutes. Doctoral students in medical, biological, or biology-related areas currently studying in graduate schools either in Sweden or Japan can participate. Students from Japanese universities can apply for participation now. The course will be held in an international environment with English as course language.
Applicants are screened and accepted based on suitability and motivation. Participants who successfully pass the course examination will receive a certificate of completion. No tuition is required.
Deadline for application for students from Japanese Universities is 2013-01-17 (Thu) [The deadline has been extended]

Date and time

Date: February 6th to February 13th, 2013*
Time: ca: 9:00 - 18:00

* There are no course activities planned for the weekend Feb 9-10. Monday Feb 11 is a Japanese national holiday without any scheduled course activities at RIKEN but you can work on the course project in preparation for the examination.

Tuition: No tuition. The participants pay for travel, daily expenses and accommodation if needed.

Course content

Central concepts, mechanisms and methods of epigenetics, such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, in a genome-wide perspective utilizing analytical methods such as bisulphite sequencing, MeDIP and ChIP-Seq. Understanding development and disease through genomic technologies focusing on epigenetic states as determinants of gene regulation.
More information can be found on the course website from Karolinska Institutet here.


Lecturer's list is not final and will be updated.

Prof. Hiroyuki Aburatani
University of Tokyo, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
Web site: http://www.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/people/staff-aburatani_hiroyuki.html

Dr. Katsuhiko Shirahige
University of Tokyo, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Web site: http://www.iam.u-tokyo.ac.jp/chromosomeinformatics/index.html

Dr. Carsten Daub
RIKEN Yokohama Institute
Web site: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Carsten_Daub.html
Karolinska Institutet
Web site: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=42208&a=146322&l=en

Dr. Matti Nikkola
Karolinska Institutet
Web site: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=27086&a=28992&cid=27089&l=en

Dr. Andreas Lennartsson
Karolinska Institutet
Web site: http://kikatalogen.ki.se/kikat/faces/personView.xhtml;jsessionid=9a99739c2a8c00d1e5ce24128173?lin=647431

Prof. Juha Kere
Karolinska Institutet
Web site: http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2254&l=en

Dr. Hideya Kawaji

RIKEN Yokohama Institute
Web site: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Hideya_Kawaji.html

Dr. Erik Arner
RIKEN Yokohama, Japan
Website: http://genome.gsc.riken.jp/osc/english/members/Erik_Arner.html

Tentative Program

The schedule here is tentative and continuously updated.

Type of Teaching

The course consists of lectures, discussion and seminars, and the use of an internet-based learning platform.

Course examination

The students will be examined for knowledge and skills, individually based on the active participation in discussions and groupwise with seminar presentations.
The students are examined with both group-wise and individual presentations in English. The students will work in small groups of 2-3 students. Each group will receive a scientific question related to the course topic on the first day of the course. Students are welcome to propose such a question for their own group. The content has to be related to the course topic. The scientific question will be answered and discussed by the students on the last day of the course during the course evaluation. Each group will be asked to make an oral presentation of the results and each student will present part of the results. The course lecturers will evaluate the performance of each of the students individually. Based on each students performance during the examination, it will be determined if the student pass the examination or not.
Students who successfully pass the examination will receive official certificates of completion from Karolinska Institutet. Special requirements for certificates from the students’ university can be considered. Please contact the course administration before the course if any such requirements exist.

Course directors

Dr. Carsten O. Daub, RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Karolinska Institutet (course director)
Dr. Matti J. Nikkola, Karolinska Institutet (examination director)

Guidelines for applicants

Eligible applicants
Doctoral students (medical sciences, biology or related fields) currently enrolled in universities in Japan. Doctoral students enrolled at Universities outside Japan but working in Japanese research institutes can apply and are asked to clarify the details of their multiple affiliations in the application (what is the main location of their work? what is the nature of the association with the Japanese institute? etc.). The screening process for students from Swedish universities is already completed.

Number of participants and screening procedures
The maximum number of participants from Japanese universities will be up to 30. Participants will be selected after screening of the application materials by course directors and OSC researchers involved in the course organization and teaching. The most important evaluation criterion is the statement of the motivation of attendance. Please explain why you are interested in participating, how the course relates to your current research and how your work will benefit from the course.

Application procedures
Apply for the course using this web form. Deadline is 2013-01-17 (Thu) [The deadline has been extended]
Please understand that we expect the accepted applicants to attend to the course. Only in exceptional cases we can accept that a confirmed student will not attend to the course. Therefore we will ask the applicants to provide a letter of support signed by their supervisor.
For further questions regarding application procedures, please contact to application-info@gsc.riken.jp or fax to 045 503 9216. Notification emails to all the applicants will be sent on 2013-01-22(Tue)

Accommodation is basically arranged by the participants. List of accommodation facilities can be found here.


Epigenomics 2013 Course Secretariat
Coordination Office
Omics Science Center
RIKEN Yokohama Institute
1-7-22, Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)45-503-9434
Fax: +81-(0)45-503-9216
Email: osc-events■gsc.riken.jp(■→@)
(Please indicate in the Email subject line that your query is about Epigenomics 2013)