Shoji Komai

Associate Professor


Since 2008 Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Biological Sciences of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST).

He graduated from Sophia University in 1993 (Bachelor of Art in Psychology), in 1997 he received his Master Degree from the Nara Institute for Science and Technology (NAIST), in 2000 he received his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Science) from NAIST. In the meantime, he had worked at Kyoto University, Osaka University and Osaka Bioscience Institute. From 2000 to 2003 he was associated as a post-doctoral fellow with the School of Medicine of Kobe University; from 2003 to 2005 he was a Max-Planck-fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute of Medical Research in Heidelberg (Germany).

Since November 2011, he is a chair of the national young academy committee of Science Council of Japan after 1.5 years preparing period.

His current research interest is: studying the information processing in the real brain, and the minimum local circuit where particular information working in the real brain as a basic element. Therefore he is focusing on various aspects of differences of the brain by using of neuronal and behavioural imagings, e.g. sex differences, diseases, sensory modalities.