Katsushi Kagaya

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Katsushi Kagaya
Kyoto University
Hakubi Center
PhD(Hokkaido University)
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I am interested in what mechanisms enable animals to prepare, initiate, maintain, and terminate their behavior in the various physical environments. To answer the question addressed ever mainly in animal physiology, I am working primarily on crustacean species such as crayfish, mantis shrimp, and snapping shrimp, through the behavioral and physiological approaches including recording single cell membrane potential activity from awake and behaving animals. My final goal is to share the findings, and transform the mechanisms for animals' life into the human technology.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2015
Program-specific Assistant Professor (Hakubi Project), Hakubi Center / Field Science Education Research Center (Seto Marine lab), Kyoto University
May 2014
Feb 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biology (Patek lab), Duke University
Jul 2013
May 2014
JSPS PD for research abroad, Department of Biology (Patek lab), Duke University
Jun 2012
Jul 2013
JSPS PD for research abroad, Department of Biology (Patek lab), University of Massachusetts Amherst
Apr 2010
May 2012
Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, Division of Biological Sciences, Takahata lab, Hokkaido University


Apr 2005
Mar 2010
Department of Biological Sciences (PhD), Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
Apr 2003
Mar 2005
Department of Biological Sciences (Master), Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
Apr 1999
Mar 2003
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University

Published Papers

L. Yamamori, K. Kagaya, A. Asakura
Crustaceana   90(14) 1568-5403   Nov 2017   [Refereed]
K. Kagaya and S. N. Patek
Journal of Experimental Biology   219 319-333   Feb 2016   [Refereed]
Katsushi Kagaya
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry   29 3-10   2012   [Refereed][Invited]
K. Kagaya, M. Takahata
Science   332(6027) 365-368   Apr 2011   [Refereed]
H. Ogawa, K. Kagaya, M. Saito, T. Yamaguchi
Journal of Insect Physiology   57 326-338   Dec 2010   [Refereed]
K. Kagaya, M. Takahata
The Journal of Neuroscience   30(4) 1348-1362   Jan 2010   [Refereed]
K. Chikamoto, K. Kagaya, M. Takahata
Zoological Science   25(8) 783-792   Aug 2008   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

Developmental modularity of snapping shrimp claw
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21 Sep 2017   
Katsushi Kagaya
Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines   29 Jun 2017   
Behavioral plasticity of ultrafast smashing in a Skinner box
Katsushi Kagaya
22nd International Congress of Zoology / 87th meeting of Zoological Society of Japan   17 Nov 2016   
Ultrafast smashing in mantis shrimp: preparatory motor control through spring compression [Invited]
*K. Kagaya, S. N. Patek
International Society for Neuroethology (participant symposium, selected talk)   Jul 2014   
Neural mechanism for behavioral preparation [Invited]
Katsushi Kagaya
Kyushu Institute of Technology   May 2014   
*K. Kagaya, S. N. Patek
Annual Meeting of Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology   Jan 2014   
Readiness for voluntary movement: how do the brain generate readiness discharge? [Invited]
Katsushi Kagaya
invited talk (Tufts university)   Jun 2013   
Katsushi Kagaya
invited talk (Georgia state university)   May 2013   
invited talk (Ritsumeikan university)   May 2012   
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invited talk (Osaka university)   Dec 2011   
Sequential synaptic activation in the brain for voluntary initiation of walking in the crayfish [Invited]
*Katsushi Kagaya, Masakazu Takahata
International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, invited talk   Jan 2011   
Functional roles of brain neurons underlying spontaneously initiated walking in crayfish [Invited]
*Katsushi Kagaya, Masakazu Takahata
SICE Symposium on Decentralized Autonomous Systems   Jan 2011   
Characterization of brain neurons involved in spontaneously initiated walking in crayfish
*Katsushi Kagaya, Masakazu Takahata
Annual Meeting of Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology   Jan 2011   

Awards & Honors

Sep 2016
Yoshida award, The Japanese Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
Oct 2010
Kawaguchi award, The Zoological Society of Japan