The strength of Systems Life Sciences, in my opinion, is the variety of knowledge that you can keep exploring as much as you want. Moreover, the admin staffs, professors, and students in the program are very friendly for international students.
The Dubito Lab is more than just my workplace. It is my second home. During my Ph.D. time, my colleagues and I became not just friends, but a family. Prof. Lauwereyns tries his best to help us in both raising our academic standards and adapting to the Japanese lifestyle. Even after graduation, the Dubito lab members are keeping in touch with each other closely.
Through my studying journey from Bachelor’s to Ph.D., there is no such a place like System Life Sciences that can implement the multidisciplinary environment and open up for everyone from every field of study to join in. Back in the day, I tried so hard to apply for studying in cognitive neuroscience in which I had no educational background but a passion and a curiosity. Most of the places rejected my application due to my background in computer engineering, but Systems Life Sciences, especially thanks to Prof. Lauwereyns, gave me a chance to try. Even though it was tough to learn and relearn many things but, without this opportunity, I would have no idea how much I can achieve by combining my computer engineering background with the cognitive science. I can say that the Dubito Lab at Systems Life Sciences is the place that shaped who I am in my academic career path.