RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
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Yoshihiro Yoshihara is a Team Leader at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan since 1998 of the Laboratory for Neurobiology of the Synapse. He did his PhD in Pharmacology at Kyoto University in 1989 followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Neuroscience at the Osaka Bioscience Institute. From 1992 until 1998 Dr Yoshihara worked at the Osaka Medical College in the department of Biochemistry as a lecturer and Associate Professor. Since 1998 he has been at RIKEN Brain Science Institute as a Team Leader and since 2009 Senior Team Leader. Dr Yoshihara was awarded the Young Investigator Award in 2006 from the Japanese Association for the Study of Taste and Smell. His team is working on the molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying the development and functional architecture of the zebrafish and mouse olfactory system. His work focuses on the neural circuits mediating various olfactory behaviors such as searching for mates, finding mates, and escaping from danger.