New paper accepted!!

Finally……. After cancelling the submission because the mouse line used was not what we thought it was, recovering the right ones from frozen eggs, and redoing the experiments….. Now, it is done.


New Lab…… (almost)

There was a almost complete turnover of the lab member. Two staff scientists are gone to new institute for permanent positions, and one grad student retired.

But I am very excited to have two new staff scientists!




A giant in Neuroscience has passed away a few days ago.

Rest in peace, Dr. Masao Ito.


入試説明会— Admission guidance

12/15 (土) に入試説明会を行います。個別に大学院相談などもできますので、ぜひご参加ください。4回生でなくても大丈夫です。

We are having a guidance session for prospective students on 12/15 Saturday. You can also talk to professors individually after the session. It will be held in Kyotanabe campus Hochikan building from 10:45. Inquiry to


Core to core symposium


We had an international symposium at the beginning of Dec hosted by the JSPS Core-to-core program (Takashi Sakaba, PI) in Kyoto. There were speakers from Germany, France, US, and Japan, who are world-renowned experts in synaptic biology and physiology. Very stimulating!



About the images

The image used at the top is a cultured neuron immunolabeled for the cell body and dendrites (MAP-2 in red), the nucleus (DNA labeling in blue), and the axon (neurofilament in green).

The second image shows two different ion channels in the rat cerebral cortex. One channel (cyan) is expressed in virtually all neurons, while the other (magenta) is expressed only in a subset of interneurons.

The next is the labeling of tau (red) in the mouse brain with neurofilament (green) and myelin basic protein (blue). It shows the corpus callosum with cortex and hippocampus at the top and the bottom. See our recent paper for more details.

Cerebellar Purkinje cells are shown in the forth picture. Climbing and parallel fibers are labeled with neurofilament in cyan, and the cell bodies and dendrites of Purkinje cells in magenta.

The last picture is a scene from a scientific meeting, where we actively discussed science and nothing else. I swear!


New paper published in Journal of Comparative Neurology!

This is from a collaboration with Dr. Tomohiro Miyasaka at Doshisha.

We established new immunological reagents and methods to provide the precise localization of endogenous tau in mouse brain tissues. This is the first study to show physiological tau in the mouse brain at cellular, subcellular, and super-resolution levels.


New lab web site!

Let me know if you have any issues with the new site.

Edit (Nov 16): There have been issues with access. I figured out that they were due to the wrong DNS A-record entries. Fixed.