Kei M Igarashi, Ph.D




Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Fellow, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Faculty Member, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders
University of California, Irvine
112 Irvine Hall
School of Medicine, UC Irvine, CA 92697

Kei’s CV


Kei obtained his Ph.D in the Department of Physiology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Japan. His PhD mentor, Kensaku Mori was one of pioneers in olfactory research. There, he used in vivo electrophysiology and single-cell anatomical method to clarify functional brain architecture between olfactory bulb and olfactory cortex, crucial brain circuits handling the sense of smell.

As a post-doc, he moved all the way to Trondheim, Norway to join the laboratory of Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. He experienced vibrant and exiting development of the field of memory in the circuits of entorhinal cortex and hippocampus (and the moment of Edvard and May-Britt’s Nobel Prizes in 2014).

He then moved again all the way to California, to start his lab here at UC Irvine in Feb 2016. The long-term goal of the lab is to understand the circuit mechanisms underlying associative memory in health and disease, using electrophysiological, anatomical and optogenetic methods.

Edvard, his daughter, May-Britt, John O’Keefe and Kei    (C) Carol Barnes, 2012


2019 New Vision Award, Donors Cure Foundation
2018 Ando Momofuku Award, Ando Foundation
2017 Research Grant, Whitehall Foundation
2017 Fay-Frank Grant, Brain Research Foundation
2017 Mishima Kaiun Prize, Mishima Kaiun Memorial Foundation
2016 PRESTO Career Development Award, Japan Science and Technology Agency
2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
2014 Young Investigator Award, Japan Neuroscience Society
2013 Research Grant, Mishima Kaiun Memorial Foundation
2007 – 2009 JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2004 – 2007 JSPS Graduate Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science