Kenta was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Kenta attended a medical school in Fukuoka, Japan, obtained a PhD from Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland, and started working as a scientist at Allen Institute. In the Karel Svoboda lab, Kenta seeks to understand the circuit dynamics underlying flexible decision making and working memory. Kenta has many interests outside the lab; he plays the guitar in an instrumental post-rock band and likes photography, skiing, and power-lifting.
2022 - present Research Scientist, HFSP long-term fellow, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, Advisor: Karel Svoboda
2015 - 2021 Ph.D. student, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Advisor: Andreas Lüthi
2012 - 2014 Research Assistant, Kyushu University, Department of Molecular Physiology, Advisor: Kenichi Ohki