Honjo Ken

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Honjo Ken
University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Job title
Junior Assistant Professor
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2015
Junior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Apr 2014
Mar 2015
Postdoctoral fellow, Structural Biology Center, National Institute of Genetics
Jul 2013
Mar 2014
Postdoctoral associate, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
Jul 2011
Jun 2013
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
Apr 2010
Jun 2011
Postdoctoral associate, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center


Apr 2003
Mar 2008
Doctoral Program in Structural Biosciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Awards & Honors

May 2011
Runners-up Post-doctoral Award inhttps://trio Basic Science, The 19th Annual Duke Department of  Anesthesiology Academic Evening, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
May 2010
First Place Post-doctoral Award in Basic Science, The 18th Annual Duke Department of Anesthesiology Academic Evening, Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
Jul 2010
Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation Postdoctoral Award, Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation

Published Papers

Honjo, Ken; Tracey, W Daniel
PLoS genetics   14(7)    Jul 2018   [Refereed]
A comprehensive understanding of the molecular machinery important for nociception is essential to improving the treatment of pain. Here, we show that the BMP signaling pathway regulates nociception downstream of the E3 ubiquitin ligase highwire (...
Burgos, Anita; Honjo, Ken; Ohyama, Tomoko; Qian, Cheng Sam; Shin, Grace Ji-Eun; Gohl, Daryl M; Silies, Marion; Tracey, W Daniel; Zlatic, Marta; Cardona, Albert; Grueber, Wesley B
eLife   7    Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Rapid and efficient escape behaviors in response to noxious sensory stimuli are essential for protection and survival. Yet, how noxious stimuli are transformed to coordinated escape behaviors remains poorly understood. Inlarvae, noxious stimuli tr...
Pandey, Himani; Bourahmoune, Katia; Honda, Takato; Honjo, Ken; Kurita, Kazuki; Sato, Tomohito; Sawa, Akira; Furukubo-Tokunaga, Katsuo
NPJ schizophrenia   3(1) 39   Oct 2017   [Refereed]
Originally identified at the breakpoint of a (1;11)(q42.1; q14.3) chromosomal translocation in a Scottish family with a wide range of mental disorders, the DISC1 gene has been a focus of intensive investigations as an entry point to study the mole...
MOLECULAR PSYCHIATRY   21(9) 1157-1157   Sep 2016
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience   10    Jun 2016   [Refereed]
The larval brain of Drosophila melanogaster provides an excellent system for the study of the neurocircuitry mechanism of memory. Recent development of neurogenetic techniques in fruit flies enables manipulations of neuronal activities in freely b...

Books etc

Behavioral Genetics of the Fly (Drosophila Melanogaster)
Honjo,K.;Robertson,J.;Tracey,W.D. (Part:Contributor, Chapter 5: Nociception.)
Cambridge University Press.   Jan 2014   

Conference Activities & Talks

Innate Escape Behavior Induced by Activation of Dopaminergic Neurons Relevant to Punishment System in Drosophila.
Sato, T.;Honjo, K.;Sakai, T.;FURUKUBO-TOKUNAGA, Katsuo
41th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience society   26 Jul 2018   
An evolutionarily conserved neuropeptide pathway that negatively regulates nociception in Drosophila.
Oikawa, I.;Kondo, S.;Kashiwabara, S.;Tanimoto, H.;FURUKUBO-TOKUNAGA, Katsuo;Honjo, K.
13th Japanese Drosophila Research Conference   10 Sep 2018   
Neuropeptides involved in Drosophila nociception.
Kashiwabara, A.;Kondo, S.;FURUKUBO-TOKUNAGA, Katsuo;Honjo, K.
Japan Neuroscience Meeting   20 Jul 2017   
A screen and functional analysis of neuropeptides involved in nociception
Kashiwabara, A;Kondo, S;Sanford, S.;furukubo-Tokunaga, K.;Honjo, K.
Japan Drosophila Research Conference   9 Sep 2016   Japan Drosophila Research Association
ショウジョウバエを利用した痛覚シグナル調節機構の研究 [Invited]
痛み研究会2017・痛みを中心とする有害状況適応の神経戦略バイオロジー   14 Dec 2017