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Takeshi Imai


Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biochemistry, The University of Tokyo, 2006

Current position

PRESTO researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (2009-present)
Team Leader, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) (2010-present)
Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University (2010-present)

Publications (selected)

  1. Nakashima, A.*, Takeuchi, H.*, Imai, T.*, Saito, H., Kiyonari, H., Abe, T., Chen, M., Weinstein, L. S., Yu, C. R., Storm, D. R., Nishizumi, H. and Sakano, H. (2013). Agonist-independent GPCR activity regulates anterior-posterior targeting of olfactory sensory neurons. Cell 154(6): 1314-1325. (*Equally contributed)
  2. Ke, M. T., Fujimoto, S. and Imai, T. (2013). SeeDB: a simple and morphology-preserving optical clearing agent for neuronal circuit reconstruction. Nat Neurosci 16(8): 1154-1161.
  3. Imai, T., Sakano, H. and Vosshall, L. B. (2010). Topographic mapping--the olfactory system. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol 2(8): a001776. (Review)
  4. Imai, T., Yamazaki, T., Kobayakawa, R., Kobayakawa, K., Abe, T., Suzuki, M. and Sakano, H. (2009). Pre-target axon sorting establishes the neural map topography. Science 325(5940): 585-590.
  5. Imai, T., Suzuki, M. and Sakano, H. (2006). Odorant receptor-derived cAMP signals direct axonal targeting. Science 314(5799): 657-661.
Protocols by Takeshi Imai
  1. Optical Clearing Using SeeDB