TSUJI Masato

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TSUJI Masato

TSUJI Masato
Title Assistant Professor
Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences (UG), Department of Biological Sciences (GR), Graduate School of Science

Research Field

Behavioral neuroscience

Research Subject

Neuronal mechanisms of fear

Current Research

Fear orchestrates behavioral/ cognitive/ physiological changes to achieve optimal responses to threat. Studies in mammalian models have partially revealed the neuronal mechanism underlying fear behaviors, but the neuronal mechanisms that orchestrate behavioral/ cognitive/ physiological changes remain a mystery. I discovered that the fruit fly Drosophila, which possesses much simpler brain than mammals, also shows behavioral/ cognitive/ physiological responses to threat. I am actively investigating the neuronal mechanism that orchestrate these changes by taking advantage of powerful genetic toolboxes.


fear, Drosophila