Masaru Tomita

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Masaru Tomita
Born (1957-12-28) December 28, 1957 (age 62)
Alma materKeio University, Carnegie Mellon University
Known forSystems biology, Metabolomics, Machine translation
AwardsPresidential Young Investigators Award from National Science Foundation (1988); IBM Shared University Research Award (2003)
Scientific career
FieldsSystems biology; Computer science
InstitutionsKeio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus; Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University
Doctoral advisorHerbert Alexander Simon

Masaru Tomita (Japanese: 冨田 勝, Hepburn: Tomita Masaru, born December 28, 1957) is a Japanese molecular biologist and computer scientist, best known as the director of the E-Cell simulation environment software[1] and/or the inventor of GLR parser algorithm.[2] He is a professor of Keio University, president of the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, and the founder and board member of Human Metabolome Technologies, Inc. He is also the co-founder and on the board of directors of The Metabolomics Society.[citation needed] His father is composer Isao Tomita.[citation needed]

From Oct. 2005 to Sep. 2007, he served as Dean of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University.[citation needed]

He received an M.S. (1983) and a Ph.D. (1985) in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) under Jaime Carbonell, and two other doctoral degrees in electronic engineering and molecular biology from Kyoto University (1994) and Keio University (1998).[citation needed]

At CMU, starting in 1985, Dr. Tomita achieved a series of academic promotions from assistant professor to associate professor of computer science and from 1986 he became an associate director of the Center for Machine Translation.[citation needed]

In 1990, he returned to Keio University, Japan, and served as associate professor until 1997. At Keio University, he shifted his research emphasis to the studies of molecular biology and systems biology.[citation needed]

Dr. Tomita is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation of the USA (1988), an IBM Japan Science Prize (2002), an IBM Shared University Research Award (2003), a Minister of Science and Technology Policy Award (2004), and The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2007).[citation needed]

Selected papers[edit]

  • "Building Working Cells 'in Silico'", Science 1999; 284-5411:80 - 81
  • "Going for Grand Challenges", Nature 1999; 402:C70
  • "E-CELL: Software environment for whole cell simulation", Bioinformatics 1999; 15:72-84
  • "Computerized role models: Japan's push to create a virtual cell signals a new approach to research", Nature 2002; 417
  • "Multiple high-throughput analyses monitor the response of E. coli to perturbations", Science 2007; 316:593-7


  1. ^ Tomita M. et al. (1997) "E-CELL: Software Environment for Whole Cell Simulation." Genome Inform Ser Workshop Genome Inform, 8:147-155.
  2. ^ Tomita M. (1984). "LR parsers for natural languages". COLING. 10th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. pp. 354–357.

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