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Fascinated by “Regenerative Dentistry”
Praphawi Nattasit
Doctoral Course 3rd year
from Thailand

During the fifth year of my undergraduate day at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, I was fascinated by the “Regenerative dentistry” from the research project I have undertaken. Since then, I was attracted to the terms of stemness and pluripotency. That curiosity helped me came up with the determination of pursuing a doctoral degree, related to the regenerative field. I desire to know how far the field of academics can lead me to, so I decided to continue the academic route right after finishing my degree in Thailand. With the opportunity that MEXT (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) and Japanese Government has granted me, right now I got a chance to pursue my goal under the supervision of Professor Hiroshi Egusa and Assistance Professor Kunimichi Niibe in the Division of Molecular and Regenerative Prosthodontics, Prosthodontics department.

In our laboratory, we have actively researched the regenerative potential of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), and others, applied for stem-cell-based tissue engineering. With high-level expertise and well-equipped facilities, coupled with a foreigner-friendly environment, our laboratory facilitates the productive learning morale of all students and researchers. Moreover, the doctoral program does not solely foster young and inexperienced researchers but also encourages scientific thinking as well. Those push the boundary of knowledge that oneself could attain via the provided intensive curriculums.

Apart from the excellency in academic, Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry also provide me helpful assistance, supportive colleagues, and wonderful seniors. Besides the recommendation from the professor, I additionally got a chance to take part in the Science Angel Program (SA), leading to a brand-new circle of friends and larger opportunities. In the other words, studying abroad at the Graduate school of Dentistry does not only provide me the academic knowledge for the higher-level education that I yearned for but also the fantastic campus life.

For anyone who doubts living a life beyond the border of one own country, this is the priceless experience that awaits for you that couldn’t be found anywhere else.