Kanazawa University (KU)


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research and Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI)

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supramolecules. As one of the outcomes, Kanazawa University established Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) which was selected as a World Premier International (WPI) research center by the Japanese government in 2017. NanoLSI challenges to understand nanoscale mechanisms of life phenomena by exploring “uncharted nano-realms.”

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
101 36.72

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 18 5.89
Life Sciences 38 9.77
Chemistry 43 21.92
Earth & Environmental Sciences 13 2.64

Highlight of the month

DNA wrap videos

© PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

© PASIEKA/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Real-time images showing a DNA molecule wrapping itself around a histone — a critical interaction for storing and retrieving genetic information in a cell — have been captured for the first time.

Strands of DNA are efficiently stored inside our cells by wrapping around disk-shaped protein clusters called histones.

These dynamic structures can partially unwrap and rewrap to allow the genetic information stored on the DNA to be read, regulating gene expression. However, the unwrapping and rewrapping processes aren’t fully understood.

Now, researchers at Kanazawa University in Japan have used high-speed atomic force microscopy to record movies of the DNA–histone interaction in real time.

The movies capture short double-strand DNA touching the histone, before the histone appeared to slide to the end of the strand and the DNA then gradually wrapped itself around the protein.

High-speed atomic force microscopy could be a useful tool for studying DNA–histone interactions, the researchers concluded.

Supported content

  1. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 12, 3837–3846 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c00697

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 58.25% Domestic
  • 41.75% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (97 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Kyoto University, Japan (9.71)
  2. Tohoku University, Japan (5.08)
  3. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (4.86)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (4.21)
  5. RIKEN, Japan (3.43)
  6. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (2.88)
  7. Hokkaido University, Japan (2.31)
  8. University of Tsukuba, Japan (2.11)
  9. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (1.66)
  10. Osaka University, Japan (1.57)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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