Kenta Hagihara, M.D., Ph.D.
Kenta Hagihara joined the Allen Institute in 2022 as part of the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics. He attended medical school in Fukuoka, Japan, where he studied the development of visual cortical functions using in vivo 2-photon microscopy. For his doctoral study at Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, he investigated the amygdala circuit mechanisms underlying learning and memory by combining multifaceted approaches including in vivo imaging, viral tracings, slice physiology, and so on. He is interested in how interactions between heterogeneous cell types, in particular neuromodulatory systems, in multiple brain regions lead to synergistic computation shaping animal behavior and cognition.
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