Daisuke Hattori received his bachelor's degree from University of Tokyo in Japan. His thesis project in Masanori Taira’s lab focused on the early development of vertebrate brain. For his graduate work in Larry Zipursky's lab at University of California, Los Angeles, Daisuke studied molecular mechanisms that mediate neural circuit assembly. His work contributed to demonstrating that the diversity encoded by Drosophila Dscam1 gene generates neuronal identity labels and this is essential to mediate neurite self-avoidance. As a postdoc in Richard Axel's lab at Columbia University, Daisuke studied the anatomy and function of a neural circuit that supports learning and memory. He contributed to a study that identified a complete circuit diagram of Drosophila learning center, the mushroom body. In addition, his work revealed a simple dopamine-dependent neural mechanism in the mushroom body that mediates detection of novelty and transition to familiarity. In 2018, Daisuke joined the faculty in the Department of Physiology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience.

The Hattori lab studies how neural circuits integrate sensorimotor information, memory, and internal state to guide behavior. We use Drosophila as a primary model and employ a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses molecular genetics, neural recording, behavioral experiments, and computational modeling.

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University of Tokyo (2002), Biological Sciences
Graduate School
University of California-Los A (2009), Biological Chemistry


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

DNA methylation-related chromatin remodeling in activity-dependent BDNF gene regulation.
Martinowich K, Hattori D, Wu H, Fouse S, He F, Hu Y, Fan G, Sun YE Science 2003 Oct 302 5646 890-3

Honors & Awards

  • Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund
    Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2013)