2021-Present: Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

2016-2021: Postdoctoral Fellow (EMBO, HFSP Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow), The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

2015-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow (JSPS SPD), The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2010-2015: Graduate student, Graduate school of Medicine, Chiba University, Japan

Research Interest

  • Chronoception
  • Interoception
  • Neuromicrobiology


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Symbiotic polyamine metabolism regulates epithelial proliferation and macrophage differentiation in the colon.
Nakamura A, Kurihara S, Takahashi D, Ohashi W, Nakamura Y, Kimura S, Onuki M, Kume A, Sasazawa Y, Furusawa Y, Obata Y, Fukuda S, Saiki S, Matsumoto M, Hase K, Nat Commun 2021 04 12 1 2105
Linking neurons to immunity: Lessons from Hydra.
Obata Y, Pachnis V, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 08 117 33 19624-19626

Honors & Awards

  • UT Southwestern Endowed Scholar
  • HFSP Long-Term Fellowship
  • EMBO Long-Term Fellowship
  • Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists
    Inoue Foundation for Science (2016)
  • Ikushi Prize
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (2015)
  • Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow (SPD)
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (2015-2016)