Division of Neurophysiology

Projects

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.

Members

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.

Teruko Danjo

Teruko Danjo Assistant Professor (Neurophysiology)

Teruko Danjo graduated from Kyoto University School of Medicine in 2005. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, in 2011. After working as a researcher at RIKEN Brain Science Institute, she became an assistant professor at Fujita Health University in 2022.

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. Danjo T, Toyoizumi T, Fujisawa S. Spatial representations of self and other in the hippocampus. Science 359, 213-218, 2018.Yamashita T, Petersen CCH. Target-specific membrane potential dynamics of neocortical projection neurons during goal-directed
     behavior. eLife 5, e15798, 2016.
  3. Danjo T, Yoshimi K, Funabiki K, Yawata S, Nakanishi S. Aversive behavior induced by optogenetic inactivation of ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons is mediated by dopamine D2 receptors in the nucleus accumbens. PNAS 111, 6455-6460, 2014.
  4. Yamashita T, Petersen CCH. Target-specific membrane potential dynamics of neocortical projection neurons during goal-directed behavior. eLife 5, e15798, 2016.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Yamashita T, Hige T, Takahashi T. Vesicle endocytosis requires dynamin-dependent GTP hydrolysis at a fast CNS synapse. Science 307, 124-127, 2005.

Information

Division of Neurophysiology(Physiology II, School of Medicine)

【Address】
#604, 1st building, Fujita Health University, 1-98 Dengakugakubo, Kutsukake-cho, Toyoake, Aichi 470-1192, Japan
【Contact】
E-mail:takayuki.yamashita(at)fujita-hu.ac.jp / Tel:+81-562-93-2465
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