Kagaya received his A.B. and Ph.D. in Biology from Hokkaido University. He has been working on neural mechanisms subserving voluntary walking in crayfish (Kagaya and Takahata, 2010; Kagaya and Takahata, 2011). He is interested in neural control of fast movements and has started the study in this lab supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (as a JSPS postdoctoral fellow for research abroad). Combining biomechanics and behavioral neurobiology, he is going to establish a general framework for understanding control principle of fast movements.
Kagaya, K. and Takahata, M. (2011) Sequential synaptic excitation and inhibition shape readiness discharge for voluntary behavior,
Science, 332: 365-368.
Kagaya, K. and Takahata, M. (2010) Readiness discharge for spontaneous initiation of walking in crayfish,
J. Neurosci., 30: 1348-1362.