Kenta Hagihara

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.

Research Experience

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


2015 - 2021 Ph.D. in Neurobiology, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Thesis Committee
: Tom Mrsic-Flogel, Michael Haüsser, Andreas Lüthi

2007 - 2013 M.D. Kyushu University, School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan

Additional Training

2019 Aug CAJAL Computational Neuroscience, Champalimoud Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, Project Advisors: Joe Paton, Kevin Lloyd

2012 Feb - May Visiting Student, Salk Institute, Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, CA, US, Advisor: Ed Callaway