What is ISS?


        International Student Seminar (ISS) is a scientific conference which assembles a wide range of biological scientists from student researchers to rising stars across multiple fields in Kyoto University. Two programs, scientific sessions, and career development sessions, will enrich your early science career.

09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:05 Opening Remarks
10:05-11:05 Keynote: Dr. Kazutoshi Mori
11:15-12:15 Short-Talk Session 1

S-1 Naoya Hino
ERK activation waves mediated by intercellular mechanical signaling during collective cell migration
S-2 Kiyoshi Tohyama
Visualizing the orientation of single actin filaments in living cells
S-3 Carlos Rodriguez
Phosphorylation of the synaptonemal complex protein SYP-1 in chromosome segregation
S-4 Ayaka Bota
Cellular dynamics of the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex in consolidation of spatial memory

12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Short-Talk Session 2

S-5 Rina Nagata
Exploring a universal mechanism of cell competition
S-6 Kakeru Itoh
RNA methylation regulates the expression of Csnk1d
S-7 Kotaro Harada
The identification of novel components interacting with selective mRNA exporter RNA helicase URH49

14:20-15:20 Short Talk Session 3

S-8 Jin Kuroha
Identification and crystal structure of human lipopeptide-presenting MHC class I molecules
S-9 Hirofumi Aso
Transcriptomic meta-analysis of interferon-stimulated genes in multiple cell lineages targeted
by HIV-1 infection
S-10 Ryoma Tamura
Analysis of the role of segment-specific non-coding regions of influenza A virus genome in regulation of transcription and replication
S-11 Takuma Asahi
Local IL-15 dependency of liver-resident ILC1

15:20-15:55 Coffee break
15:55-16:40 Short-Talk Session 4

S-12 Ayumi Mure
The nutritional basis of Drosophila associated microbes for larval growth
S-13 Pin-Wu Liu
Endogenous inhibitors of CaMKII (CaMKNs) regulate translocation and accumulation of synaptic protein during long-term potentiation
S-14 Jiaqi Li
Genetic screening for cooperative factors driving malignant tumorigenesis with Ras V12

16:50-17:50 Poster Session (odd number)
17:50-18:50 Poster Session (even number)


09:45-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:15 Long-Talk Session 1

L-1 Miriam N. Ojima
Probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum Alters the Gut Microbiome after Repeated Antibiotic Disturbance but Contributes to the Recovery of Host Health
L-2 Sihao Liu
Post-prandial FGF1 suppresses adipose lipolysis to maintain glucose homeostasis
L-3 Shohei Ochi
The significance of the oscillatory expression of Hes1 gene in neural development

11:20-12:35 Long-Talk Session 2

L-4 Jaclyn M. Fingerhut
Satellite DNA-containing gigantic introns in a unique gene expression program during Drosophila spermatogenesis
L-5 Bojie Cong
Tumor progression driven by polyploid giant cells in Drosophila
L-6 V. Pragathi Masamsetti
Replication stress induces mitotic cell death through parallel pathways regulated by cohesion fatigue and telomere deprotection

12:35-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:15 Long-Talk Session 3

L-7 Mengping Wei
ABHD6 negatively regulates the trafficking and function of AMPA receptors
L-8 Risa Sueda
High Hes1 expression and resultant Ascl1 suppression regulate quiescent versus active neural stem cells in the adult mouse brain
L-9 John Vaughen
Neural homeostasis in aging and disease: a genetic screen for GBA-interactors

15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 Long-Talk Session 4

L-10 Anjali Bisaria
Time-Stable Gradients in Membrane-Cytoskeleton Attachment Inhibit Nascent Protrusion and Promote Persistence During Migration
L-11 Alejandro Giraldo-Fonseca
Identifying Key Factors Involved in Sexual Plant Reproduction Using Tissue-Specific Transcriptome and Methylome Data of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha
L-12 Ivana Duic
Molecular Mechanism of Viral RNA Recognition and MDA5 Activation Through LGP2
L-13 Soaad Alfaqaan
PPARα-Mediated Positive-Feedback Loop Contributes to Cold Exposure Memory

18:30- Award Ceremony & Get together @Camphora


14:00-14:15 Reception
14:30-15:00 Move to Kansai Seminar House
15:00-17:00 Talk Session

Talk1 Tomohiro Asano
Talk2 Kyoko Hirano
Talk3 Hirotaka Kazuma
Talk4 Tomomi Kiyomitsu
Talk5 Kyogo Kawaguchi
Talk6 Sakiko Honjoh

17:30- Dinner
19:00-20:00 Panel discussion
20:00-21:00 Recreation game
21:00- Free time

March 12th

8:00- Breakfast
-10:00 Check out


Scientific Session 


        Scientific sessions, consisting of poster presentations and talks, will especially benefit students, who will gain experience in scientific presentations and discussions, and also obtain feedback from judges. Importantly, the outstanding speakers will receive awards.


  • March 6th

    Short-talk session
    15~20 talks
    15 min/person

    (12 min presentation
    + 3 min discussion)
    @Shiran Kaikan

  • March 7th

    Long-talk session
    10~15 talks
    25 min/person

    (20 min presentation
    + 5 min discussion)
    @Shiran Kaikan

  • March 6th

    Poster session
    ~100 posters
    Poster size: A0 size

    @Shiran Kaikan


Details for applicants are on the Registration page

Award Ceremony & Get Together



March 7th
18:30 PM Ceremony start

Participation fee

1,000 yen (collect the fee on Mar. 7th)




Career Development Session

        In the career development session, you will gain valuable insights on success (as well as survival) in academia, industry, and other scientific fields from successful people who graduated from Kyoto University. Both sessions will offer opportunities to expand your professional network.


March 11th
  2:00 PM Gather at Building G
  3:00 PM Session start
  5:30 PM Dinner with Alumni
  7:00 PM Panel discussion
  8:00 PM Overnight Retreat
March 12th
  10:00 AM check-out

Participation fee

1,000 yen (collect the fee on Mar. 11th)


Kansai-Seminar House

Registration form

Please register your attendance from HERE.
You are welcome to attend only this session without the Scientific Session.