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We are interested in the elucidation of neuronal mechanisms of brain development and plasticity using fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) as a model organism. We are particularly interested in the analysis of brain networks involved in higher brain functions such as memory and cognition. Past studies disclosed a surprising similarity in the genetic programs of brain development between flies and vertebrates. Based on this commonality, we also study the molecular and genetical basis of human cognitive disorders such as bipolar disorders and schizophrenia using the tools available in this fascinating model system.


Molecular Neurobiology of brain development and plasticity in flies

God in his wisdom made the fly and then forgot to tell us why.   


                                                                               Ogden Nash, The fly

Confocal image of the Drosophila brain

Green: olfactory projection neurons labeled with GH146-GAL4

Red: Homothorax protein expression

Blue: neuropile stained with anti-NC82

             Ando, M. et al., 2011.


INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba 305-8572, JAPAN

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Update June 2018