Dr. Kitamura graduated with a bachleor's degree in Biology from Kyushu University in Japan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology at Kyushu University, where he studied molecular mechanisms and functional role of adult hippocampla neurogenesis in rodent brain (Kitamura et al., Cell, 2009).

After a Post-Doc at Mitsubishi-Kagaku institute of life science in Tokyo, Japan and an Assistant Professor at Toyama University in Japan, he conducted neural circuits genetics as a Research Scientist at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, where he applied techniques of advanced mouse genetics, cell-type specific neural tracing, in vivo calcium imaging, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, and optogenetic manipulation techniques to understand how episodic memory is formed and stored in the brain (Kitamura et al, Science, 2014) (Kitamura et al., Neuron, 2015) (Kitamura et al., Science, 2017).

Dr. Kitamura joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry in 2017.

Please contact to Dr. Kitamura via E-mail: Takashi.Kitamura at

If you are looking for a position as a Post-Doc, Research Assistant or Grad Student at Kitamura Lab, please send an email to Dr. Kitamura with a cover letter (describing your past projects and career goals), your CV and the names, emails and phone numbers of two references.



Kyushu University (2002), Biology
Graduate School
Kyushu University (2007), Biology

Research Interest

  • Anatomy, Circuits, Physiology and Behavior for Elucidating Neural Mechanisms of Learning and Memory
  • Cell-Type Specific Neural Tracing, Electrophysiology and Imaging for Understanding PTSD and Schizophrenia


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Distinct Neural Circuits for the Formation and Retrieval of Episodic Memories.
Roy DS, Kitamura T, Okuyama T, Ogawa SK, Sun C, Obata Y, Yoshiki A, Tonegawa S Cell 2017 Aug 170 5 1000-1012.e19
Driving and regulating temporal association learning coordinated by entorhinal-hippocampal network.
Kitamura T Neurosci. Res. 2017 May
Ventral CA1 neurons store social memory.
Okuyama T, Kitamura T, Roy DS, Itohara S, Tonegawa S Science 2016 09 353 6307 1536-1541
Entorhinal-hippocampal neuronal circuits bridge temporally discontiguous events.
Kitamura T, Macdonald CJ, Tonegawa S Learn. Mem. 2015 Sep 22 9 438-43
Distinct speed dependence of entorhinal island and ocean cells, including respective grid cells.
Sun C, Kitamura T, Yamamoto J, Martin J, Pignatelli M, Kitch LJ, Schnitzer MJ, Tonegawa S Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2015 Jul 112 30 9466-71
Differential roles of the dopamine 1-class receptors, D1R and D5R, in hippocampal dependent memory.
Sariñana J, Kitamura T, Künzler P, Sultzman L, Tonegawa S Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014 Jun 111 22 8245-50

Honors & Awards

  • The Young Scientists’ Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • UT System Rising STARs Award, TX, USA
  • Infinite Kilometer Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
  • Japan Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award, Japan
  • Junior Faculties Developmental Programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Sasagawa Scientific Research Award, Japan
  • Scientific Research Award of Kyushu University, Japan
  • Neuroscience Research Excellent Paper Award, Japan

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (2011)
  • Association for Neurons and Brain Disease (2007)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2003)
  • Society for Japanese Neuroscience (2002)