TOMIOKA Masahiro

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TOMIOKA Masahiro

TOMIOKA Masahiro
Title Assistant Professor
Affiliation Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry (UG), Department of Biological Sciences (GR), Graduate School of Science
Room 226, Faculty of Science Bldg.3, 2F
TEL +81-3-5841-4404 | 24404(ext.)

Research Field

Genetics, Neuroscience, Molecular biology

Research Subject

Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory

Current Research

To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory, we have been using the nematode worm C. elegans as a model animal. The nervous system of C. elegans is composed of 302 neurons in adult hermaphrodite and those neurons are well characterized. We have reported molecular mechanisms, such as insulin signaling and alternative RNA splicing, which regulate neural circuit functions in taste avoidance learning, where worms learn to avoid salt concentrations encountered under starvation. We have been further elucidating the molecular mechanisms that generate and control neural circuit functions required for learning and memory.


learning and memory, C. elegans, neural circuit, signaling pathway, RNA splicing