National Institute of Genetics, Multiscale Sensory Structure Laboratory

Yonehara lab is located in two sites: DANDRITE, Nordic EMBL, Aarhus University in Denmark and National Institute of Genetics in in Japan. Our goal is to understand the structural principles of the mammalian visual nervous system at multiple levels, from genes to behavior. To this end, we combine a wide range of techniques including genetics, molecular biology, two-photon imaging, electrophysiology, omics analysis, viral vectors, behavioral analysis, and machine learning. Through such research, our goal is to elucidate the basic principles of sensory neural circuit function, development, and environmental adaptation, as well as to pave the way for the treatment of visual diseases.

Yonehara Lab is looking for graduate students and postdocs.

Graduate students

There are two types of programs: 5-year Master-PhD integrated program and 3-year PhD program. 2021 Entrance Examination Schedule: 1st Session The application period for the first entrance examination is from Thursday, June 24, 2021 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021. For the second entrance examination, the application period is from Thursday, December 9, 2021 to Wednesday, December 15, 2021. There is also a special joint researcher system to accept students who are already enrolled in other universities for a short period of time. Incidentally, PI Yonehara also received his PhD from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in 2008.


You can work in our laboratory through one of two programs:

1. National Institute of Genetics Postdoctoral Fellowship. The application deadline is usually in July.

2. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship (PD, RPD).

Yonehara will be working at the Dandrite Institute at Aarhus University in Denmark until January 2024 as a cross-appointment. If necessary, lab members at NIG may stay in the laboratory at Aarhus University to conduct experiments and analyses.

We are finantially supported by:

  • JSPS 2021-2024
  • JST PRESTO 2020-2024
  • National Institute of Genetics