The NERF team warmly welcomes Dr. Aya Takeoka who started as new Group Leader at NERF in September 2016.
Originally from Japan, Dr. Takeoka has received a PhD from University of California, Los Angeles, USA, working in the labs of Drs. Patricia Phelps and V. Reggie Edgerton.
Before starting her own lab at NERF, she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the lab of Siliva Arber at the Biozentrum, University of Basel / Friedrich Miescher Instititute for Biomedical Research., Basel, Switzerland.
The central question of the Takeoka lab is how animals generate and control motor behavior in health and disease. Specifically, the Takeoka lab studies the mechanisms of circuit assembly, function and plasticity that lead to motor learning using a multi-disciplinary approach including detailed motor kinematic assessments, mouse genetics, viral tracing and manipulation, optogenetic, pharmacogenetic, electrophysiological, and imaging techniques.
Currently, the lab focuses on how different types of sensory feedback circuits control repetitive and complex motor behavior, with a primary focus on somatosensory and visual feedback.
The NERF team is looking forward to great science from the Takeoka Lab!