Ayumi KUGA
H.U. Group Research Institute G.K. Business Collaboration Promotion Department Ayumi KUGA

The strength of allowing researchers with diverse backbones to collaborate freely.

I joined the H.U. Group in 2020.
It was a time when the coronavirus (COVID-19) was rapidly spreading globally.

I took qualification as a clinical test technician during my undergraduate years and completed my master's degree in a medical laboratory in the graduate school.
After joining the company, I oversaw the genome analysis of SARS-CoV-2, which was an urgent issue.
The analyzed data and the scripts I created were immediately used, which gave me a solid satisfaction about my role in the company.

In 2021, we decided to create an environment for SARS-CoV-2 genome analysis on the cloud and we proceeded with the migration tasks.
In February 2022, the R&D Department was relocated to the H.U. Bioness Complex.
I am currently working on developing a cloud analysis infrastructure for SARS-CoV-2 genome analysis and creating an analysis pipeline program on the second floor here in I-Cube (R&D Building).

All the second floor of I-Cube is R&D lab, which is a large and open free desk space enabling researchers to collaborate freely.
More than 100 researchers are working in their favorite seats on the 2nd floor and in the labs on the 3rd and 4th floors.
The atmosphere is very open, making it easy to interact with others.

Researchers with diverse backgrounds are next to you as a given, so it feels natural to always ask each other about an area one does not know.
Even when facing the unknown, we find someone nearby who knows it, and we get an answer by simply asking a question at any time. I can face my new task with that belief.
It is really reassuring, and I think it's one of our strengths.

Charge Dining/Cafe
Charge Dining/Cafe

A place to recharge your body and mind.
Feel the seasons and savor the morning and evening light and wind.

My Wow Point is the dining Café on the ground floor of the W-Cube (Welfare Building).
They call it Charge Dining/Café because it helps the employees recharge their energy every day with delicious meals and relaxing moments in the café.
I like sitting by the window having a wide view of the courtyard.
On a nice day, I also use the pleasantly breezy terrace seating.

I also have my usual lunch here.
There is a wide variety of menu items daily, which everyone looks forward to.
My recent recommendation is pasta served in the kitchen with live music.
There is always plenty of freshly baked bread.
These are baked in the store every day, so a pleasant smell drifts in.

The Cafeteria space is always available.
In the morning, it is a place for everyone to relax, whether it is buying a drink from the counter, conditioning up before work, or chatting with work colleagues.
Looking at the greenery of the courtyard and the wide sky, I can take a deep breath naturally.

The H.U. Bioness Complex is, in all aspects of physical views and emotional stimuli, a space where perception expands.
My goal going forward is to absorb a wider range of knowledge and develop my expertise and potential to a greater extent.
I think that this privileged work environment will be a good tailwind in terms of both my material and emotional development.