Postdoctoral Research Scientist
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Atsushi Takata received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Kyushu University (Japan). He initially trained as a clinical psychiatrist, then learned basic neuroscience approaches using genetically engineered animals during his Ph.D. course in Kyushu University (supervised by Dr. Kawasaki) and RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Dr. Kato’s lab), and afterword worked on human genetics studies focusing on low-frequency and rare genetic variants (Dr. Kato’s lab and Dr. Yoshikawa’s lab in RIKEN). Currently he is pursuing additional risk variant(s) for schizophrenia with large effect size by utilizing next-generation sequencing technology. His ultimate aim is to go back the path he has followed so far, namely to identify robust genetic risks, then analyze how they contribute to the disease using basic neuroscience techniques, and finally translate basic science findings into the clinical setting. He is not only interested in human genetics, but also in horse genetics (pedigrees). He has a joint ownership of some race horses (but only having a 400th part) including several stakes winners such as Blumenblatt and Epiphaneia.