Assistant Professor Izumi Fukunaga

Assistant Professor Izumi Fukunaga grew up in Japan and Malaysia and went to London to study neuroscience. Her research focuses on how sensory circuits in the brain function.

Area of expertise: neuroscience (sense of smell, brain circuits, neurophysiology, sensory systems, animal behaviour)

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First Paper As PI: Izumi Fukunaga - eLife

Professional Experience

  • Career Development Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute, UK

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Germany


  • Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellowship

  • UCL Alumni scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Koldaeva A., Schaefer A.T., Fukunaga I. (2019) Rapid task-dependent tuning of the mouse olfactory bulb. eLife 8:e43558

  • Fukunaga I., Herb J.T., Kollo M., Boyden E.S. and Schaefer A.T. (2014) Independent control of gamma and theta activity by distinct interneuron networks in the olfactory bulb. Nature Neuroscience 17: 1208-1216.

  • Fukunaga,I., Berning,M., Kollo,M., Schmalz,A., and Schaefer A.T. (2012) Distinct Temporal Channels of Olfactory Bulb Output. Neuron 75:320-329.

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