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Dr Kayoko Tanaka

Dr Kayoko Tanaka

Dr Kayoko Tanaka
University of Leicester
Who is your scientific inspiration and why?
  • Lee Hartwell for his elegant genetics
  • Trisha Davis for integrating yeast genetics and biochemical structural approaches
In three words or phrases how would you describe your supervision style?

Goal-driven, student-centred and inclusive.

In one or two sentences please describe your strategies regarding the following.
Provision of training:

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first. Once you are confident I will expect you to independently figure out appropriate methods and changes to methodology.

Progression monitoring and management:

If there are technical issues, I will have a daily discussion dependent on the progress of the project. I will work with you as a team member and share technical difficulties with you to solve problems.

The goal of the research will be regularly discussed on a weekly basis to realistically achieve it in time.

I will set out my expectations of your progression every 2-3 weeks. If these progression criteria are not met we will always discuss a plan of action together.

Communication:

I am known to email my team/PhD students at all hours of the day and night, however I will not expect you to do the same.

The team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

I am happy to discuss any issues that are impacting your ability to fulfil your potential or my/our expectations.

How often do your PhD students see you in a timetabled group meeting?

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD study, how often do your PhD students have a scheduled >30 minute 1:1 meeting with you?

At least once per fortnight

What form do your 1:1 meetings with PhD students take?

Face to face (if allowed under current health and safety advice)

Open door policy?

Yes, I am usually contactable for an instant response (if required) on every working day.

My expectation of PhD student working patterns?

Certain tasks in my lab need to occur at set times, and students need to be able to commit to a rota/timetable shared with other members of the team.

Notice for feedback (e.g. on reports, manuscript drafts, thesis chapters)?

I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words.