Published: 26 January 2015

Sun rises on Japan partnership

A PhD student has become the first to complete a doctorate under a joint graduate programme between the University of Liverpool and RIKEN, Japan’s flagship research organisation.

The partnership with RIKEN, the first of its kind in the UK, enables PhD students studying biological and physical sciences at Liverpool to spend up to two years at one of RIKEN’s research institutes.

Marcus Gallagher-Jones (pictured centre front), from the University’s Molecular Biophysics group spent two years at RIKEN’s SPring-8 Center in Japan.

He said: “Taking part in the programme has been a fantastic opportunity to really extend my research horizons and perform pioneering science in a world-class institute at such an early stage in my career.

“The chance to work with researchers from many different backgrounds gave me new insights into different ways to research, which I’m sure will be a great help in the future.”

Professor Samar Hasnain (pictured above, far right), from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool was Marcus’s primary supervisor. Professor Hasnain said: “The RIKEN-Liverpool partnership is providing unique opportunities to our PhD students of not only working with some of the best scientists and facilities in the world, but also experiencing a very rich culture away from home. These graduates are likely to be the global research leaders addressing important scientific challenges of the future via multi-national cross-disciplinary teams”.

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