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 April 2016 - 31 March 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 April 2016 - 31 March 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.

37 20.65 20.65

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 29 18.47 18.47
Physical Sciences 7 2.87 2.87
Life Sciences 3 0.88 0.88

Highlight of the month

A calculating approach to cancer therapy

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© alengo/E+/Getty

A ‘DNA computer’ that detects tumour cells and autonomously responds to their presence by launching an attack, has been designed by researchers from Japan’s Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT).

The DNA computer takes advantage of two known tumour vulnerabilities. Firstly, tumours reveal their presence by releasing strips of genetic material called microRNA. Second, they can be killed using ‘antisense’ DNA drugs — single (unpaired) strands of DNA that bind to and jam certain strips of genetic code unique to cancers.

The TUAT researchers programmed their DNA computer to exploit these vulnerabilities by creating two specific strips of DNA code. In the presence of the target microRNA, the two DNA strips bind together – and in doing so, form a single DNA strand with the correct code for the anti-tumour DNA drug. The strand acts as a template for churning out multiple copies of the drug.

When the team tested their computer against small cell lung cancer microRNA in the lab, it produced enough of the anti-tumour DNA drug for a therapeutically effective dose.

Supported content

  1. Analytical Chemistry 89, 2312–2317 (2016). doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b03830

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 56.97% Domestic
  • 43.03% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (19 total)

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (7.67)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (4.88)
  3. Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, UTokyo, Japan (3.67)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (2)
  5. Saitama University, Japan (1.32)
  6. Gakushuin University, Japan (1)
  7. Rikkyo University, Japan (1)
  8. non-affiliated author contributions, Japan (0.94)
  9. Kyoto University, Japan (0.88)
  10. Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan (0.85)

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

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