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Akira Katoh Associate Professor

 

Affiliation

IIST Medical Science Division (Isehara Campus)

Contact

E-mail : akiraka[at]tokai-u.jp

Degree/ License

Ph.D.

Biography

1993
BS from Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Institute for Virus Research
1998
Technical Staff, Behavioral Genetics Lab, RIKEN BSI
2000
Ph. D. from Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Postdoctoral Fellow, CREST, Dept. Biophysics, Kyoto University
2002
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Neurobiology, Stanford University
2007
Research Associate, Dept. Neurobiology, Stanford University
2011
Associate Professor, Institute of Innovative Science and Technology

Research Field

Motor learning is the process by which movements become smooth and accurate through practice and depends on brain regions called the cerebellum and brainstem. Combining two complementary methods, ‘recording’ and ‘stimulation’, would help to reveal the mechanisms in the neural circuits in the cerebellum/brainstem for properties of eye movements altered by motor learning. I will utilize in vivo unit recording technique and Optogenetics in alert animals during training, in order to understand mechanisms of motor learning systematically between genes, neural circuits and behavior.

Keywords

Motor learning, eye movements, cerebellum, in vivo single unit recording, Optogenetics

Membership (of Academic Organization)

  • The JAPAN Neuroscience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Japanese Neural Network Society
  • Asia-Pacific Neural Network Society (APNNS)
  • The Japanese Society of Clinical Ecology
  • Society of Advanced Science (SAS)

Honors

  • 2002-2004 Zaffaroni Innovation Fund Long-term Fellowship
  • 2002-2006 Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellowship

Message

Great talents flower late.