Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)


Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) has a long history of improving society through advances in agricultural science and engineering. Ever since its beginnings in the 1870s as two government departments that merged in 1949 to form a university, TUAT has placed a strong emphasis on improving the lives of people in Japan and beyond. Input from a broad range of perspectives is required to address major global challenges such as environmental degradation, energy and food supply issues, and obstacles to realizing a sustainable society. The university’s vision is to realize globally competitive research capabilities and to become a science and technology hub for developing a sustainable society. TUAT is well known for its strong research collaboration with industry and for striving to create new technology.

Institute of Global Innovation Research

In 2014, TUAT was selected by the Japanese government as one of 12 national universities rapidly promoting global research. To enhance the university’s research capabilities in agriculture and engineering, the university established the Institute of Global Innovation Research (GIR). This institute prioritizes research in three key areas: food, energy and life sciences. It is developing strategic research teams with the aim of promoting international collaborations.

Wide range of choices in agriculture and engineering

The university offers a very broad range of courses. Its Faculty of Agriculture has courses in biological production, applied biological science, environmental and natural resource science, eco-regional science, and veterinary medicine. And its Faculty of Engineering offers courses in biotechnology and life sciences, applied chemistry, organic and polymer materials chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical systems engineering, applied physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computer and information sciences. The university aims to nurture leadership ability in students and to equip them to solve global issues through the fields of agriculture and engineering.

Well-known alumni

Notable TUAT alumni include Professor Akira Endo, Japan Prize laureate; Lasker-Debakey, Clinical Medical Research Award winner; Morshed Khan, former foreign minister of Bangladesh; Ginandjar Kartasasmita, former minister for mining and energy in Indonesia; Hirohide Hamashima, engineer at Bridgestone F1 Tire; and Susumu Ohno, author of the book Evolution by Gene Duplication.

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

28 14.95 14.95

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 5 2.76 2.76
Chemistry 19 12.47 12.47
Life Sciences 6 0.84 0.84

Highlight of the month

DNA body armour

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©Atomic Imagery/DigitalVision/Getty

Capsules for delivering drugs and nutrients to the body can be strengthened by a sturdy shell of DNA.

Liposomes are artificial spherical droplets of fluid contained by lipid membranes that are often used to carry nutrients or deliver medication around the body. However, their membrane can leak or collapse because it lacks a cytoskeleton, the protein scaffold that bolsters living cells.

A team led by researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology created Y-shaped strands of DNA and cooled them until they clung together into mesh-like structures. The team inserted these structures into liposomes, where the negatively-charged DNA bound to the positively-charged lipid membrane. This created a reinforced, flexible shell that could withstand pressures at which a liposome would usually collapse.

Designing DNA shells of various strengths could improve the robustness of liposomes in biosensing and drug delivery.

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  1. PNAS 114, 7228–7233 (2017). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1702208114

View the article on the Nature Index

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Cavitation onset caused by acceleration

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DNA cytoskeleton for stabilizing artificial cells

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 61.6% Domestic
  • 38.4% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (17 total)

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (3.13)
  2. Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, UTokyo, Japan (2.71)
  3. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (2.55)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (1.73)
  5. Rikkyo University, Japan (1)
  6. University of Miyazaki, Japan (0.89)
  7. Nagoya University, Japan (0.78)
  8. Tamura Corporation, Japan (0.71)
  9. National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan (0.64)
  10. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (0.47)

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

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