For years, JICA-KIRIN Fellowship Program has been giving an opportunity for researchers from various countries including Vietnam to come to Japan to strengthen their research skills and promote collaborations. This year, I was lucky to be chosen by the program to come and work under the guidance of Dr. Takashi Inaoka at the Applied Microbiology Unit, Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, NARO (NFRI). Based on Dr. Inaoka’s previous works, we set out to investigate the function of neotrehalosadiamine (3,3’-diamino-3,3’-dideoxy-α,β-trehalose; NTD) on the regulation of Bacillus central metabolic pathway. Another project we plan to work on is the detection of endospore-forming Firmicutes using PCR technique. Both projects have great potential for applications in the food industry.
When I first came to Japan, everyone said I was lucky to be able to see the last of cherry blossom this year. In fact, I feel lucky everyday going to work at the Applied Microbiology Unit where I become a member of a group who teaches and inspires me in so many ways. I learned how to get works done in the most efficient way with focus and resilience, and I learned that in order to become a reliable colleague, I have to maintain consistency in each and everything that I do.
There is a saying that goes “Everyone comes to Japan and leaves with some positive changes.”. I have already experienced changes that will make me a better researcher and person, and I know there will be more to come. So for this invaluable opportunity, ever so much, I wish to sincerely thank JICA, KIRIN Holdings Company, and NARO. I am especially thankful to my adviser Dr. Inaoka and all our unit members, Hemmi-san and Maho-san and all staff of NFRI administration office, and my three other fellows. Thank you for your warm welcome, your constant support and encouragement, and your friendship. These are the things I will take with me when I go back to Vietnam.