Masashi Kawasaki

Kawasaki, Masashi

Primary Appointment

Professor, Biology


  • BS, Biology, Waseda University
  • PhD, Neurobiology, Sophia University

Contact Information

PO Box 400328
Gilmer Hall, 277
Telephone: 434-982-5763

Research Disciplines

Computational Biology, Neuroscience

Research Interests

Neuroethology of electric fish

Research Description

My research subjects are the weakly electric fishes - the most unusual electronic animal species that nature has ever created. Specifically, I have focused on the brain mechanisms for electric behaviors of South American and African electric fishes. My research strategy is to combine behavioral experiments for identification of computational algorithms, and neurobiological techniques for identification of underlying neuronal mechanisms. The ultimate goal of my research is to uncover fundamental design principles of the brain using these attractive creatures.

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Selected Publications