Dr. Yukiko Goda is a senior team leader at RIKEN BSI. She has a long-standing, strong interest in physiology and cell biology of synapses, fields in which she has made important contributions to date.
The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) is located within the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), and includes ~500 scientists working in 50 independent research groups. BSI has a mission to undertake innovative research and technology while nurturing domestic and international brain researchers to facilitate scientific discoveries of the brain that will ultimately benefit society. The research objectives are broad in scope, tackling problems that range from the level of molecules, cells, circuits, systems, to behavior, in relevance to health and disease.
RIKEN BSI provides state-of-the-art and comprehensive research resources. The Research Resources Center provides the technical support needed to maintain and manage BSI's facilities, equipment, and research resources. It includes a modern animal facility with in-house services for antibody production, bio-array analysis, peptide synthesis, DNA sequencing, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and a functional magnetic resonance imaging unit.
Main Tasks in this Project: The group will characterize how regulation of synaptic efficacy is altered in synaptopathy mouse models. With an extensive track record in the functional analysis of synaptic organization and connectivity, synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity, cutting edge optical and electrophysiological methods will be combined with tools of molecular biology to characterize how regulation of synaptic efficacy is altered in synaptopathy mouse models.