Learning and memory are vital for day-to-day living—from finding our way home to playing tennis to giving a cohesive speech. Some of us have personally witnessed the devastating consequences of memory disorders, whether it's the severe inability to form new memories, as seen in Alzheimer's patients, or difficulty in suppressing a recall of a memory of a highly unpleasant experience, as seen in PTSD patients. The main research interest in my laboratory is to decipher brain mechanisms subserving learning and memory. We seek to understand what happens in the brain when a memory is formed, when a fragile short-term memory is consolidated to a solid long-term memory, and when a memory formed previously is recalled on subsequent occasions. We also seek to understand the role of memory in decision-making, and how various external or internal factors, such as reward, punishment, attention and the subject's emotional state, affect learning and memory. In summary, we study how the central nervous system in the brain enables our mind, with a focus on learning and memory.
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Research Staff

Susumu Tonegawa – Curriculum Vitae

Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Director, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics

Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute


Akiko Wagatsuma  Anthony Moffa  Arek Hamalian  Autumn Arons

Carl Twiss  Carrie Ragion  Chanel Lovett  Chris MacDonald

Daigo Takeuchi  Dennis King  Dheeraj Roy  Ellie Immerman

Emily Hueske   Frank Bushard  George Dragoi  Jared Martin

Gishnu Das  Hae Yoon Jung  Jayson Derwin    Jennie Young

Josh Kim   Josh Sarinana  Jun Yamamoto   Junghyup Suh

Kathleen Mulroy  Kean Jaime-Bustamante   Keigo Kohara  Koichiro Kajikawa

Lisa Sultzman  Lily Smith  Masha Marioutina  Michele Pignatelli

Mike Ragion  Roger Redondo  Sangyu Xu  Sean Perry

Shu Huang  Steve Ramirez  Susumu Tonegawa  Takashi Kitamura

Teruhiro Okuyama  Tim O'Connor  Tomas Ryan  Toshiaki Nakashiba

Wenjiang Yu    Xiaoning Zhou  Xu Liu