Okayama University


Research Professor Miyaji won the Award for Okayama University Young Top Researchers

February 26, 2019

Takaaki Miyaji, a Research Professor at the Advanced Science Research Center, won the “Award for Okayama University Young Top Researchers” for his great achievement in the study of eukaryotic transporters. This award founded in AY2007 and honoring young researchers who have achieved outstanding results is annually granted to 2 researchers both in the fields of science and humanities. Research Professor Miyaji is only one researcher awarded in the scientific field this year.

Research Professor Miyaji has studied eukaryotic transporters, and he and his research group identified a vesicular transporter carrying chemical mediators of asparagine acid, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and polyamine by using their original experimental system for the first time in the world, to investigate the association of transporter with pathological conditions which will lead to new drug development and the study of plant transporters.

The award ceremony was held at the President’s Office on February 22. At the ceremony, President Makino made his compliments to Research Professor Miyaji, saying “I hope this award will encourage you to further pursue your research, as an active international person for the benefit of society.” In response to President’s message, Research Professor Miyaji said, “I’m so grateful to receive this award and it will encourage me to continue to study single-mindedly.”

Award winners are determined after careful consideration based on various evaluation criteria, such as research achievements, external funds acquired, and internationality to foster young researchers who can play on a global stage.