Staff Profiles

Kevin Takasaki, Ph.D.

Scientist III

Kevin Takasaki joined the Neural Coding team in 2016 to develop and implement optical and computational methods for advanced imaging. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Kevin was a postdoctoral fellow in Electrical Engineering in Jason Fleischer’s research group at Princeton where he worked on applying computational methods to engineer new approaches to microscopy. He received his PhD in Biophysics from Harvard where he trained in the Sabatini lab in the Department of Neurobiology and developed superresolution two-photon imaging using stimulated emission depletion to study correspondence of synaptic structure and function.

Kevin earned his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Math from MIT.


Research Interests

Optical techniques provide a plethora of approaches to imaging and perturbing brain structure and function in the intact, awake brain. My main research interest is to apply knowledge and tools from the optics and imaging communities toward enabling and accelerating neuroscience at the Institute.


Selected Publications

Laminar distribution and arbor density of two functional classes of thalamic inputs to primary visual cortex

Cell Reports
October 12, 2021

Zhuang J, Wang Y, Ouellette ND, Turschak EE, Larsen RS, Takasaki KT, Daigle TL, Tasic B, Waters J, Zeng H, Reid RC

Superficial Bound of the Depth Limit of Two-Photon Imaging in Mouse Brain

January 6, 2020

Takasaki K, Abbasi-Asl R, Waters J