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Hiromu Tanimoto

Dr. Hiromu Tanimoto

Former GSN faculty


Research Group Leader


Graduate School of Life Sciences
Tohoku University, Japan

Phone: +81 (0)22 / 217 - 6223


Further Information

Research focus: Neural circuits for learning and memory in Drosophila. Instrumentation of behavioural measurements. Appetitive and aversive reinforcement signals in the fly brain.

Key words: Drosophila, Genetics, Behaviour, Neuroanatomy, Computational instrumentation, Reward and punishment, Memory formation, Sensory systems.

Current GSN students: Tuba Oguz

Selected publications:

Liu C, Placais PY, Yamagata N, Pfeiffer BD, Aso Y, Friedrich AB, Siwanowicz I, Rubin GM, Preat T and Tanimoto H. (2012) A subset of dopamine neurons signals reward for odour memory in Drosophila. Nature 488: 512-6.

Aso Y, Herb A, Ogueta M, Siwanowicz I, Friedrich AB, Templier T, Ito K, Scholz H and Tanimoto H. (2012) Three dopamine pathways induce aversive odor memories with different stability. PLoS Genetics 8: e1002768.

Séjourné J, Plaçais PY, Aso Y, Siwanowicz I, Trannoy S, Thoma V, Tedjakumala SR, Rubin GM, Tchénio P, Ito K, Isabel G, Tanimoto H and Préat T. (2011) Mushroom body efferent neurons responsible for aversive olfactory memory retrieval in Drosophila. Nature Neurosci 14: 903-10.

Galili DS, Lüdke A, Galizia CG, Szyszka P and Tanimoto H. (2011) Olfactory trace conditioning in Drosophila. J Neurosci 31: 7240-7248.

Aso Y, Siwanowicz I, Bräcker L, Ito K, Kitamoto T and Tanimoto H. (2010) Specific dopaminergic neurons for the formation of labile sversive memory. Curr Biol 20: 1445-1451.