Aya Takeoka

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Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, KU Leuven
Group leader, NERF and VIB
Member of the Leuven Brain Institute

Email: aya.takeoka@nerf.be

  • Started at NERF: 01/09/2016

My central research aim is to understand how animals learn to generate and control motor behavior in health and disease. In my lab, we study mechanisms of circuit assembly, function and plasticity that lead to motor learning and recovery after neurotrauma.

We use a wide variety of methods, including detailed motor kinematic assessments, mouse genetics, viral tracing and manipulation, electrophysiological and imaging techniques. This approach allows us to manipulate functions of specific neuronal populations, which in turn helps us to understand their role in sensorimotor circuit output and plasticity.

Honors & awards

2019 Japanese Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award


since 2016 NERF Principal Investigator
since 2016 Assistant professor at the Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven
2010–2016 Postdoc fellow, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
2010 PhD, University of California Los Angeles, US
2003 BS Neuroscience with High Honors, Oberlin College, Ohio, US