Welcome to the website for the Imai lab (Department of Developmental Neurophysiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University). In April 2017, we relocated from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe. Our previous lab’s website can be found here.
What we’re interested in
The vast majority of human mental activity is located in the brain. Unsurprisingly, it is a complex network of approximately 100 billion neurons, which form about 100 trillion connections (synapses). Uncovering the principles how these networks are constructed and operate will not only help us combat neurological disorders, but also can develop our understanding of how neural activity can translate into human cognition. We believe that studying the development of neural circuits offers a particularly good strategy to improve our understanding of the brain.
Our lab aims are to understand the development and function of neural circuits using three approaches: circuit mechanisms, circuit structure, and developmental mechanisms. In particular, we focus on the mouse olfactory system as a model to understand the basis of sensory information processing and, the developmental mechanisms on a systems, cellular, and molecular level. We also seek to shed new light on the function of neural circuits as well as pathological conditions, by developing novel imaging techniques such as brain clearing and developing new image analysis methods.
Our lab is currently recruiting graduate students and post-docs (People of all nationalities are welcome). We are also open to short term residences/internships of undergraduates and overseas students/researchers. As neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary field we welcome applicants from a variety of scientific backgrounds. Particularly those with a background in neurophysiology, molecular/cell biology, or mathematics /information science. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested.