Izumi Fukunaga

Izumi Fukunaga, a Japanese woman
Izumi Fukunaga
Assistant Professor
PhD University College London
BSc University College London

Izumi grew up in Japan and Malaysia, and went to London, UK to study neuroscience. She came to OIST in 2017 to investigate how sensory circuits in the brain function.

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

Select Publications

  • Steinfeld R, Herb J.T., Sprengel R., Schaefer A.T., Fukunaga I (2015) Divergent innervation of the olfactory bulb by distinct raphe nuclei. Journal of Comparative Neurology 523(5):805-13.
  • 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.