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I obtained my PhD at Kyoto University and held postdoctoral positions at University College London and Technical University of Munich. I am currently a Group Leader in Neuroscience in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Department of Physiology.

Research interests

My lab aims to understand how the brain processes sensory signals, and in particular how individual neurons perform the sensory processing using their elaborate subcellular structures, including axons, dendrites and spines. My lab wishes to understand how form follows function at the level of individual neurons.

We investigate these questions, with techniques such as two-photon population imaging, two-photon subcellular imaging, optogenetics, and electrophysiology. We combine and customize these techniques to establish novel experimental approaches, including functionally targetted single-cell DNA electroporation in vivo. 

Our work is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and by Japan Science and Technology.

Education/Academic qualification

Neurobiology, Ph.D., Kyoto University

Award Date: 23 Jul 2010

External positions

PRESTO investigator, PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency

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Research area keywords

  • Neuroscience
  • Visual Cortex
  • Neurobiology
  • Synapse
  • Ion channels


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