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Professor PhD of Fisheries Science
Department/Life Science  Graduate school/Science

What controls the wide range of behaviors we see in animals? Focusing on the genes that develop in the brain, the center of behavior, fish are used to conduct research into the mechanisms that control behavior.

GFP expression in the vt-gfp transgenic medaka

Research Area Fish Physiology, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
Research Interests 1. Behavioral changes depend on social hierarchy in fish
2. Neuroendocrinological and genomic responses to social behaviors
3. Studies on physiological and behavioral responses to social stress
Selected Publications 1)Tanaami, H., Yamamoto, S., Hayashi, S., Kawamoto, S., Makino, H., Kagawa, N. (2023) Vasotocin expression is associated with social preference development of the medaka fish. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol., DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2023.114355

2)Otsuka, A., Y. Shimomura, H. Sakikubo, K. Miura, N. Kagawa (2021) Effects of single and repeated heat stress on anxiety‐like behavior and locomotor activity in medaka fish. Fish Sci., DOI:10.1007/s12562-021-01561-2

3)Kagawa, N., Honda, A., Zenno, A., Omoto, R., Imanaka, S., Takehana, Y., Naruse, K. (2016) Arginine vasotocin neuronal development and its projection in the adult brain of the medaka. Neurosci. Lett., 10.1016/j.neulet.2015.12.049
Research and Achievements
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(Undergraduate Course)
Hokkaido University(Faculty of Fisheries)
(Master's/Doctral Course)
Hokkaido University(Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences)

Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics

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Academic Staff and Fellows