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Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, IWATE UNIVERSITY
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WAKABAYASHI TokumitsuAssistant Professor

Affiliation Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering

Graduate School of Engineering
·Master's Programs
Chemistry and Bioengineering

United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences
・Doctoral Programs
Bioresources Science
Keywords Nematode, Sensory Functions, Neural Information Processing
Summary In spite of its very simple nervous system consists of only 302 neurons, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has various sensory functions common to many higher organisms, such as smell, taste, temperature and touch sensitivities. We are interested in how the simple nervous system of C. elegans transforms the sensory information into behaviors. Currently, we are focusing on a positive (or negative) chemotaxis behavior of the worm toward attractive (or against repulsive) chemicals. To elucidate the neuronal mechanism(s) underlying informational processing and behavioral decision making in the worm, the worm chemotaxis was investigated by using behavioral analysis and molecular genetic approaches.
Research Fields Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience
Subjects Chemistry and Bioengineering Laboratory
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