Takaki Komiyama, Ph.D.

Title
Assistant professor
Department
Section of Neurobiology
Institution
University of California, San Diego
Address
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0634
CNCB Rm304
City, State, Zip
La Jolla, CA 92093-0634
Phone
(858) 534-4654
E-mail
tkomiyama[at]ucsd.edu
Website
http://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/komiyama/
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2011

Research

Behavior is generated by the activity of a large ensemble of individual neurons. However, little is known about the dynamics of neuronal ensembles during behavior or how they change while new memories are formed. Combining in vivo two-photon calcium imaging with behavioral experiments, we are visualizing the activity of hundreds of neurons simultaneously, while mice acquire and perform motor learning tasks over many days. This novel approach is revealing learning-related changes in the motor cortex. We are examining the time course and mechanisms of these learning-related changes in the ensemble activity of motor cortex neurons.