Junior undergraduate Nikita Milani has been accepted to the University of Tokyo’s Amgen Scholars program and will travel to Japan in summer 2015.

Nikita, who currently works with Martin Childers of UW Rehabilitation Medicine, will study at the University of Tokyo from June 8 to August 2. There, Nikita will work in the lab of Yasuyuki Sakai, who investigates physiologically relevant cultured organ models, and implantable liver and pancreatic tissue scaffolds.

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduates each year with the opportunity to undertake scientific research projects leading institutions across the world. The program was launched in 2006 in the United States, and expanded to Europe in 2008. The program has a relatively new presence in Japan, and was established there in 2014. The program provides eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. By the end of the program, students are expected to acquire knowledge and skills for conducting research and expand international friendship through collaborative experiences.

Learn more about the Amgen Scholars Program at the University of Tokyo