Division of Neurophysiology


Our laboratory uses mice to study the neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior based on sensory preferences by means of electrophysiological measurements and optogenetics. In particular, we focus on the neural pathways that convert tactile sensations into tactile preferences and the neural circuit mechanisms of social behaviors in which social touches play an essential role.


Takayuki Yamashita

Takayuki Yamashita Professor (Neurophysiology)

Takayuki Yamashita graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo, in 2001. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, in 2007. After working as a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and as an associate professor at Nagoya University, he assumed full professorship at Fujita Health University in 2020.

Main publications

  1. Matsubara T, Yanagida T, Kawaguchi N, Nakano T, Yoshimoto J, Sezaki M, Takizawa H, Tsunoda SP, Horigane S, Ueda S, Takemoto-Kimura S, Kandori H, Yamanaka A, Yamashita T. Remote control of neural function by X-ray-induced scintillation. Nature Communications 12, 4478, 2021.
  2. Yamashita T, Petersen CCH. Target-specific membrane potential dynamics of neocortical projection neurons during goal-directed behavior. eLife 5, e15798, 2016.
  3. Yamashita T, Pala A, Pedrido L, Kremer Y, Welker E, Petersen CCH. Membrane potential dynamics of neocortical projection neurons driving target-specific signals. Neuron 80, 1477-1490, 2013. 
  4. Yamashita T, Eguchi K, Saitoh N, von Gersdorff H, Takahashi T. Developmental shift to a mechanism of synaptic vesicle endocytosis requiring Ca2+ nanodomain. Nature Neuroscience 13, 838-844, 2010.
  5. Yamashita T, Hige T, Takahashi T. Vesicle endocytosis requires dynamin-dependent GTP hydrolysis at a fast CNS synapse. Science 307, 124-127, 2005.


Division of Neurophysiology(Physiology II, School of Medicine)

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E-mail:takayuki.yamashita(at)fujita-hu.ac.jp / Tel:+81-562-93-2465
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