YONEHARA Keisuke D.V.M., Ph.D.

From Yokohama, Kanagawa

Hobbies: Reading, hot springs, visiting cafes, driving, fishing, traveling without sightseeing, walking my dog

Interest: How the brain is formed from matter, how space is perceived

Email: keisuke.yonehara@nig.ac.jp

Yonehara studied sexual differentiation of the hypothalamus in the Masugi Nishihara Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Physiology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo. In the laboratory of Masaharu Noda at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Okazaki, Japan, he succeeded in genetically labeling directionally selective ganglion cells in the retina and studied their morphology and development. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Botond Roska lab at FMI Basel, he studied the development and function of directionally selective neuronal circuits in the retina and diseases while learning new electrophysiology and functional imaging. He then ran a laboratory at the Dandrite, Aarhus University, Denmark, where he conducted research on retinal neural circuits as well as on the superior colliculus and visual cortex. In 2021, he joined the National Institute of Genetics, where he will begin research on the structure of the marmoset visual system and the genetic mechanisms of environmental adaptation of the visual system, in addition to his previous work with mice.

Education and Research Experiences


B.S. in Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo (Masugi Nishihara lab)    


PhD. Graduate School of Life Sciences, Department of Basic Biology, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) (Masaharu Noda lab)    


Postdoc, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel (Botond Roska lab)


Associate Professor / Group Leader, Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience – DANDRITE. Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Denmark.


JST PRESTO researcher, concurrent


Professor, National Institute of Genetics


2020 Ascending Investigator, Lundbeck Foundation


2016 AIAS Associate

2015 Young Investigator Award, Japan Neuroscience Society

2014 ERC Starting Grant

2014 Max M. Burger Prize, FMI

2013 Visual Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, Cambridge Press

2012 JSPS Research Fellowship for Study Abroad

2010 EMBO Long-Term Fellowship

2004 JSPS Research Fellowship DC2


FMI 1.2014

National Institute of Basic Biology (3.2015)

Japan Neuroscience Society (summer 2015)

JST Paris(16.5.2016)

Nordic EMBL(6.2021)


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