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Nakao Laboratory


[PHOTO.1] Mitsuyuki NAKAO, Professor [PHOTO.2] Norihiro KATAYAMA, Associate Professor
[PHOTO.3] Atsushi KOIKE, Assistant Professor

In biological systems, observed phenomena at behavioral level could not be attributed to a few genes. Complex, inter- and trans-hierarchical interactions mediate between gene and behavior. In order to disclose emerging mechanisms underlying diverse functions of living systems, synthetic approaches based on top-down modeling should be essential. In our laboratory, we attempt to disclose substrates of higher-order brain functions and life by carrying out integrated modeling study of dynamics in living systems.

Main subjects:

  • Dynamics of neural network and their functions
    Experimental and modeling studies are performed focusing on possible roles of neural network dynamics in development and maintenance of neural circuit as well as higher-order brain functions.
  • Modeling of biological rhythms and its applications
    Integrated modeling is performed concerning oscillatory mechanisms of genetic networks, an ensemble of pacemaker cells, and macroscopic oscillators at behavioral level. In addition, knowledge obtained through modeling is applied to an optimal schedule design of shift work and time zone flight.
  • Modeling of biological regulatory system and its applications
    Control strategy of cardiovascular system as a biological regulatory mechanism is studied based on biosignal analysis and system theoretical approach. In addition, knowledge on the control strategy is applied to space medicine as well as clinical diagnosis.
Group of Electrical Engineering, Communication Engineering,
Electronic Engineering, and Information Engineering, Tohoku University
6-6-05, Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579, Japan
TEL : 022-795-7186 (Japanese Only)
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