Shoji Saito

PhD in Molecular and Cellular Medicine course

Timetable of an ordinary day


Tell us about the research you are currently doing at BRI.

My research interest is to elucidate the pathophysiology of cerebral vascular disease and to establish a novel treatment. I generate genetically modified model mice for diseases using transgenic mice and viral vectors and analyze them. The research is carried out through a series of processes, including forming hypotheses, planning experiments, and verifying results, while receiving helpful guidance based on the latest findings on brain diseases and knowledge and skills involved in basic experiments.

What made you do your research at BRI?

Niigata University is my alma mater, so I had no particular qualms at doing a graduate program at BRI. But BRI was the main reason why I decided to come to Niigata University in the first place. I chose Niigata University because I wanted to engage myself in a brain-related profession, so I feel very grateful for having support from experts in various fields here.

What would you like to say to people who are thinking about graduate programs at BRI?

BRI offers a wide range of neuroscience expertise from basic to clinical research. We have an environment in which we can embody what we envision. Also, we have good ties with other faculties of Niigata University including School of Medicine, so you can get feedback from a variety of perspectives to develop your research. If you want to learn more about brains and help patients by studying brain diseases, come and join us.

Interviewed in February 2021.