Shigeru Tanaka laboratory studies neural phenomena to understand the function of the brain.


Vasileios D. TSEROLAS

Research subjects

  • Development of a minimal mathematical neuron model with various spiking and bursting modes.
  • Investigation of spatiotemporal dynamics in closed loop networks like the hippocampal system.
  • Study of collective activity in neuronal populations with various types of coupling using the spiking and bursting neuron model.
  • Memorization and recognition of patterns with a simplified network model of the olfactory system.
  • Development of methods for analyzing and characterizing GPS signals.

Research Interests

  • Development of computational models of cortical microcircuits and investigation of the computational principles embedded in these circuits and their contribution to the information processing capabilities of the neocortex and hippocampus.
  • Development of computational models of bidirectional communication between neurons and glia and investigation of the role that glia play in information processing, learning and memory in the brain.
  • Detail modelling of the olfactory system, by incorporating new features in order to understand the integration of the many factors influencing the construction and transformation of odor representations.
  • Development of a computational model of the cortex – basal ganglia – thalamus loop in order to reveal the mechanisms behind reinforcement learning, action selection and working memory.
  • Application of statistical methods and control system theory for signal processing of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), EEG and MRI data.


Masaki HAYASHI(林政樹):Second-year student of the master’s program

Research subject

Mathematical modelling of tripartite synapses

Ryo KANOMATA (鹿又涼): First-year student of the master’s program

Research subject

Synchronization in action potential generation reproduced by a nonlinear dynamic neuron model

Mayo KIKUCHI (菊地万葉): Fourth-year undergraduate student
Orgil GANBAT (ガンバト オリギル): Fourth-year undergraduate student


Shuhei OHKAWA(大川修平) (graduated in March, 2018)


Research on concentration and learning efficiency using the cocktail party effect

Akihiro OHSAWA(大澤皓弘)(graduated in March, 2018)


Development of experimental methods for two-photon microscopic imaging in the mouse primary visual cortex



Laboratory seminar held in UEC Library