Hideyuki Ujiie at National Institutes of Health, U.S.A.
It’s my second year studying here in the U.S. The first
year just flashed by. I prepared my experiments, kept
busy adjusting to the life in the U.S., and did many
other things. This year I’m enjoying life here free from
My research shifted somewhat from my original
intention. My main focus is gamma delta T cells that
were formerly regulatory T cells. The research environment
here at the NIH is great: We have ample funds,
antibodies and other reagents are cheaper than in
Japan, and various knockout mice are readily available.
At NIH, many of the Japanese and Chinese researchers
stay late, but the Americans, including my boss,
finish at 5PM and go home. The American researchers
seldom come to the lab on weekends. Even so, they’re
able to produce papers. I’d like to learn how they work
so smoothly and efficiently.
We enjoy American events such as Halloween,
Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl. People here don’t
stand on ceremony. We call each other by first name.
The shopkeepers look sloppy to me, gunfights occur
here and there, medical insurance is way too expensive,
the eating habits are totally different and so on.
All my American experiences are precious to me. If you
find yourself near Washington, DC, get in touch!
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