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

  • Cell-type specific neural tracing, electrophysiology and calcium imaging for understanding autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia
  • Neural circuits, physiology and behavior for elucidating neural mechanisms of Learning and Memory


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cell-Type-Specific Optogenetic Techniques Reveal Neural Circuits Crucial for Episodic Memories.
Yamamoto N, Marks WD, Kitamura T, Adv Exp Med Biol 2021 1293 429-447
Extra neural ensemble disrupts memory recall.
Kim R, Yamamoto N, Kitamura T, Nat. Neurosci. 2020 Jun
Complementary roles of differential medial entorhinal cortex inputs to the hippocampus for the formation and integration of temporal and contextual memory (Systems Neuroscience).
Marks WD, Yamamoto N, Kitamura T, Eur. J. Neurosci. 2020 Apr
Novel nose poke-based temporal discrimination tasks with concurrent in vivo calcium imaging in freely moving mice.
Marks WD, Osanai H, Yamamoto J, Ogawa SK, Kitamura T, Mol Brain 2019 Nov 12 1 90
Adult hippocampal neurogenesis for systems consolidation of memory.
Terranova JI, Ogawa SK, Kitamura T, Behav. Brain Res. 2019 Oct 372 112035

Honors & Awards

  • The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Travel Award, TN, USA
  • Whitehall Foundation Research Grant Award, FL, USA
  • Brain Research Foundation Fay/Frank Seed Grant Award, IL, USA
  • HFSP Young Investigator Grant Award, Strasbourg, FRA
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, NY, USA
  • Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award, DC, USA
  • 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

  • Review Editor in the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2020)
  • Temporary member, NIH Neurobiology of Learning and Memory study section (2020)
  • Pavlovian Society (2018)
  • Associate Editor in the Editorial Board of Molecular Brain (Springer Nature) (2017)
  • Japanese Society for Neurochemistry (2016)
  • Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (2011)
  • Association for Neurons and Brain Disease (2007)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2003)
  • Society for Japanese Neuroscience (2002)