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 (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 UTSouthwestern.edu
- Kyushu University (2002), Biology
- Graduate School
- Kyushu University (2007), Biology
- 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
- Engrams and circuits crucial for systems consolidation of a memory.
- Kitamura T, Ogawa SK, Roy DS, Okuyama T, Morrissey MD, Smith LM, Redondo RL, Tonegawa S Science 2017 Apr 356 6333 73-78
- Entorhinal Cortical Ocean Cells Encode Specific Contexts and Drive Context-Specific Fear Memory.
- Kitamura T, Sun C, Martin J, Kitch LJ, Schnitzer MJ, Tonegawa S Neuron 2015 Sep 87 6 1317-31
- Island cells control temporal association memory.
- Kitamura T, Pignatelli M, Suh J, Kohara K, Yoshiki A, Abe K, Tonegawa S Science 2014 Feb 343 6173 896-901
- Adult neurogenesis modulates the hippocampus-dependent period of associative fear memory.
- Kitamura T, Saitoh Y, Takashima N, Murayama A, Niibori Y, Ageta H, Sekiguchi M, Sugiyama H, Inokuchi K Cell 2009 Nov 139 4 814-27
- 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
- Cell type-specific genetic and optogenetic tools reveal hippocampal CA2 circuits.
- Kohara K, Pignatelli M, Rivest AJ, Jung HY, Kitamura T, Suh J, Frank D, Kajikawa K, Mise N, Obata Y, Wickersham IR, Tonegawa S Nat. Neurosci. 2014 Feb 17 2 269-79
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
- Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (2011)
- Association for Neurons and Brain Disease (2007)
- Society for Neuroscience (2003)
- Society for Japanese Neuroscience (2002)