Mr. Kengo Watanabe, a Pharmacology graduate student, receives an FUTI award

Mr. Kengo Watanabe, a third-year PhD program student in the pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Tokyo was selected as a recipient of the 2012 FUTI International Leadership Award (FUTI-ILA). He was enrolled in the summer school at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York State, a premier science research institution in the U.S. With Mr. Watanabe, the total number of recipients of the FUTI awards became eighteen, ten of which were awarded to UTokyo students and eight to those enrolled in U.S. universities. (See FUTI Newsletter No.5)
Mr. Kengo Watanabe comments, “I became interested in the field of pharmaceutical sciences, because it was medicine that healed my father of malignant lymphoma when I was a junior high school student. I already received solid education in molecular biology, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and pharmacology at UTokyo, but through my research project, I was also feeling the limitation to elucidate complicated biological systems. Learning quantitative approaches at CSHL computational cell biology course, I realized that mathematics and computer science would overcome the restrictions in the near future.”
FUTI’s International Leadership Award, introduced in 2010, is designed to nurture future global leaders of the U.S. and Japan, and one of the criteria for the award is a demonstration of leadership qualities. We hope that these outstanding students will acquire an international sense of thinking and strive for mutual understanding by attending summer schools or by conducting research as summer interns in the U.S. or at UTokyo.

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