Integrative Life Sciences :
Brain and Nervous System




The Laboratory of Neuroethology is a new laboratory transferred from the Max Planck Institute in Germany. We are researching the neural circuit mechanisms which govern memory and learning using Drosophila melanogaster, an animal for whom the functional manipulation of cells is easy. We investigate memory formation and maintenance mechanisms by using genetic techniques to non-invasively manipulate specific cells in the brain and by evaluating the effects of these actions on behavior. We are thus involved in the development of new behavioral analysis techniques, the application of genetic manipulation, and the analysis of cell morphology on the individual cell level. The long-term goal of our lab is to understand the functions of neural circuits for formation, consolidation and recall of memory. To this end, we investigate associative memories in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. We combine techniques of quantitative behavioural analyses, genetic manipulation of circuit functions, and high-resolution morphological analyses of target neurons. Laboratory website URL: http://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp/neuroethology/

Research Overview

Refer to the recent papers for details of our progress
URLs http://www.lifesci.tohoku.ac.jp/neuroethology/

Faculty Members

Professor TANIMOTO Hiromu
  • The neural circuit mechanisms of tactile processing and memorization learning
  • Fruit fly behavior analysis, nerve cell morphological analysis
Associate Professor KOGANEZAWA Masayuki

My research focus is on the neural basis for behavior. My favorite material is the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster, which is highly amenable to genetic manipulations. I am particularly interested in the neural circuitries underlying courtship and aggression behaviors.

Assistant Professor HUANG Tzu Ting
Molecular and circuit mechanisms of action-planning, decision-making and sensory-motor coordination underlying learning behaviors
Assistant Professor THOMA Viadimiros