Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama

  Assistant Professor 

BSc (Japan Women’s) MSc PhD (Sophia)




  • The Research Incentive Award, RIKEN, 2009

Research Career

  • Sophia University
  • Duke University
  • Brain Science Institute, RIKEN

Selected Publications

Araki M., Bandi M. M. and *Yazaki-Sugiyama Y. Mind the Gap: Neural Coding of Species Identity in Birdsong Prosody. Science354: 1282-1287

Yanagihara, S. and *Yazaki-Sugiyama, Y. (2016) Auditory experience dependent cortical circuit shaping for memory formation in bird song learning. Nat. Commun, doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS11946. (featured article)

*Yazaki-Sugiyama, Y., Yanagihara, S, Fuller, P.M. and Lazarus M. (2015) Acute inhibition of a cortical motor area impairs vocal control in singing zebra finches. Eur J Neuroscience 41:97-108 

Selected Invited talks

         Gordon Research Conference -Auditory systems (2016)   Selected short talk                                                                                                 ‘Mind the gap: Neuronal coding od species identity in birdsong prosody’, Bates College, USA

        9th Avian Model Systems meeting (2016)                                                                                                                                                         ‘Chemogenetic control of neuronal activity in songbirds’, Taipei, Taiwan

Symposium at 38th Annual Meeting of Japanese Neuroscience Society, ‘The mechanisms of neuronal circuit formation and maturation in the developing brain’ (2015)                                                                                                                                             ‘Learning to be a zebra finch. How does one identify vocalizations of one’s own species?’, Kobe Japan