WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Kanazawa University

Division of Nano Life Science in the GRAFINITI

Division of Nano Life Science in the Graduate School of Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa University, fosters excellent graduate students who will establish the novel new research field, “Nano Probe Life Science”, with the foundation of world level research by WPI-Nano Life Science Institute (WPI-NanoLSI).

WPI-NanoLSI is a research center established in 2017 as part of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The objective of this initiative is to form world-tier research centers.


  • Graduate students are expected to be self-disciplined, then take part in various research activities in the institute, including international symposia, conferences, seminars, retreats, and so on.
  • Graduate students can carry out their own research independently in the excellent research environment with the latest laboratory equipment in WPI-NanoLSI.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary research such as nano-metrology, life sciences, supramolecular chemistry and computational sciences under supervisors in the various fields.

Faculty members

[†] shows faculty members who are now actively recruiting PhD. students.

[Name] [Position] [Website]
Takeshi Fukuma Professor Fukuma Laboratory
Noriyuki Kodera† Professor Kanazawa Biophysics Lab
Shigehisa Akine Professor Supramolecular Chemistry Lab
Katsuhiro Maeda Professor NanoLSI researchers
Kunio Matsumoto Professor Tumor Dynamics and Regulation
Richard Wong Professor Richard Wong Laboratory
Alexander S. Mikhailov† Professor Computational Molecular Biophysics
Clemens Franz† Associate Professor NanoLSI researchers
Satoshi Arai† Associate Professor Thermodynamic Cell Engineering
Satoru Okuda† Associate Professor OKUDA LAB
Yasufumi Takahashi Associate Professor NanoLSI researchers
Mikihiro Shibata Associate Professor NanoLSI researchers
Hiroki Konno† Associate Professor ResearchGate
Takahiro Nakayama Associate Professor ResearchGate
Shinji Watanabe Assistant Professor ResearchGate
Satoshi Toda† Assistant Professor Satoshi Toda lab
Kazuki Miyata Assistant Professor NanoLSI researchers
Ayumi Sumino Assistant Professor ResearchGate

Sufficient Financial Support

Master’s course: Maximum 130,000JPY/month

Scholarship 50,000JPY plus Research Assistant salary maximum 80,000JPY

Doctoral course: Maximum 180,000JPY/month

Scholarship 100,000JPY plus Research Assistant salary maximum 80,000JPY

Please make sure to contact us for details, as there are some exceptions.

  • Only Master’s course students who intend to continue onto the Doctoral course can receive the scholarship and RA salary.
  • These conditions are subject to the approval of the university’s budget, so the current conditions only apply to the students who enter the Graduate School in October 2020 or April 2021.
  • Government-sponsored foreign students and foreign students sent by their government cannot receive this scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded for two years for Master’s Program students and three years for Doctoral Program student.
  • Students receiving other scholarships and adult students may not receive the full amount, or any amount, of this scholarship.

Full tuition exemption in WISE Program

Full tuition exemption for Master’s and Doctoral Program students taking part in the WISE Program*.

  • The Wise Program imposes a limit on the number of eligible students and depends upon student evaluation.
  • Full tuition exemption will be applied to two years for Master’s Program students and three years for Doctoral Program student.

*WISE Program: MEXT has solicited universities in The WISE Program (Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative
& Smart Education) since the 2018-2019 academic year.
The following WISE Program has been approved for Kanazawa University:
WISE Program for Nano-Precision Medicine, Science, and Technology

Schedule for Admissions and entrance examination

[Application guideline] Opened in April
[Application period] Master: June 15th – 19th / Doctor: June 22nd – 26th
[Entrance examination (oral)] Master: July 18th / Doctor: July 14th – 17th
[Result announcement] August 7th
[Admission date] October 2020 / April 2021

Please check the application guidelines for the exact schedule each year.

Graduate School of Frontier Science Initiative (GRAFINITI)

Note: Applicants for Master’s program, who will complete (or completed) their school education up to bachelor program in less than 16 years, may be required to pass eligibility screening prior to making an application; Applicants for the doctoral program, who do not possess a master’s or professional degree, may be required to pass eligibility screening prior to making an application.

Full support for foreign students

Since many foreign students are studying at Kanazawa University, we prepare various supports for foreign students. For more information, please check this site.

For further details

For more information and instructions regarding scholarships, entrance exam, or other administrative issues, please contact Graduate School of Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa University (Email: s-yugo[at]adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp – Please replace [at] with @). Also, please do not hesitate to contact the aforementioned NanoLSI faculty members directly.