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Shigemoto Group

Molecular Neuroscience

Information transmission, the formation of memory, and plasticity are all controlled by various molecules at work in the brain. Focusing on the localization and distribution of molecules in brain cells, the Shigemoto group investigates their functional roles in higher brain functions.

The release of neurotransmitters from a nerve cell into the synapse, where they act on receptors on the connecting nerve cell, is the primary process of information transmission and computation in the brain. The Shigemoto group studies the localization of single neurotransmitter receptors, ion channels, and other functional molecules to understand the molecular basis of neuronal information processing. The group has pioneered several methods for studying the localization of functional molecules at an unprecedented sensitivity, detecting and visualizing even single membrane proteins in nerve cells using SDS-digested freeze-fracture replica labeling. They apply these methods to investigate the mechanisms of signaling and plasticity in the brain, with questions ranging from neurotransmission to learning.


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Pradeep Bhandari

Research Technician

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Yu Kasugai

Research Technician

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Elodie Le Monnier

Research Technician

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Jacqueline-Claire Montanaro-Punzengruber

Research Technician

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Abdylla Parahadov

PhD Student

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Hana Stefanickova

PhD Student

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Elena Säckl

Research Technician

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Cihan Önal

PhD Student

Current Projects

New chemical labeling methods for high resolution EM visualization of single molecules | Ultrastructural localization and function of receptors and ion channels in the brain | Mechanisms of long-term memory formation | Left-right asymmetry of neuronal circuitry


Koppensteiner P, Bhandari P, Önal C, Borges Merjane C, Le Monnier E, Roy U, Nakamura Y, Sadakata T, Sanbo M, Hirabayashi M, Rhee J, Brose N, Jonas PM, Shigemoto R. 2024. GABAB receptors induce phasic release from medial habenula terminals through activity-dependent recruitment of release-ready vesicles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 121(8), e2301449121. View

Cheung GT, Pauler F, Koppensteiner P, Krausgruber T, Streicher C, Schrammel M, Özgen NY, Ivec A, Bock C, Shigemoto R, Hippenmeyer S. 2024. Multipotent progenitors instruct ontogeny of the superior colliculus. Neuron. 112(2), 230–246.e11. View

Chen J, Kaufmann W, Chen C, Arai itaru, Kim O, Shigemoto R, Jonas PM. Developmental transformation of Ca2+ channel-vesicle nanotopography at a central GABAergic synapse. Neuron. View

Michalska JM, Lyudchik J, Velicky P, Korinkova H, Watson J, Cenameri A, Sommer CM, Amberg N, Venturino A, Roessler K, Czech T, Höftberger R, Siegert S, Novarino G, Jonas PM, Danzl JG. 2023. Imaging brain tissue architecture across millimeter to nanometer scales. Nature Biotechnology. View

Vierra NC, Ribeiro-Silva L, Kirmiz M, Van Der List D, Bhandari P, Mack OA, Carroll J, Le Monnier E, Aicher SA, Shigemoto R, Trimmer JS. 2023. Neuronal ER-plasma membrane junctions couple excitation to Ca2+-activated PKA signaling. Nature Communications. 14, 5231. View

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ReX-Link: Ryuichi Shigemoto


Since 2013 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
1998 – 2014 Professor, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan
1990 – 1998 Assistant Professor, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
1994 PhD, Kyoto University, Japan
1985 MD, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Japan

Selected Distinctions

ISI Highly Cited Researcher
2017 Member, Academia Europaea
2016 ERC Advanced Grant
2000 ISI Citation Laureate Award

Additional Information

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