Dr. Inagaki is appointed to be a Group Leader at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) in September 2019 leading the Neural Dynamics and Cognitive Functions research group. His current research focus is to understand cellular and network mechanisms underlying cognitive functions, such as decision making and time perception, in mice.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Inagaki was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, working with Dr. Karel Svoboda. At Janelia, he studied the neuronal mechanism of short-term memory in frontal cortex.
Dr. Inagaki completed his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. David J. Anderson at California Institute of Technology. For his graduate work, he studied the neuronal mechanism of internal states in Drosophila. For his B.S., he worked in Kei Ito’s lab at the University of Tokyo, where he studied the anatomical and physiological properties of mechanosensory neurons in Drosophila.
He is the recipient of numerous honors including Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award and Larry Katz Memorial Lecture Award.