Hiroki Taniguchi, PhD

Hiroki Taniguchi, PhD

Research Group Leader
Development and Function of Inhibitory Neural Circuits

One Max Planck Way
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 972-9000

Researcher Bio

Dr. Taniguchi was appointed a Research Group Leader of Development and Function of Inhibitory Neural Circuits Group at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in August 2012. His current research focus is to reveal fine connectivity of inhibitory neural circuits and understand the development and function of different GABA neuron subtypes.

Dr. Taniguchi received his Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology from the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB) in Japan. After his Ph.D., he started his postdoctoral work, also at NIBB, where he studied molecular and cellular mechanisms for neuronal migration in the hindbrain. Dr. Taniguchi then moved to the U.S.A. to work as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, where he examined molecular mechanisms for synapse formation. From 2005 to 2012 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2005-2011) and a research investigator (2011-2012) in the lab of Dr. Z. Josh Huang at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Taniguchi generated genetically engineered mouse lines to manipulate distinct subtypes of GABAergic inhibitory neurons, which enables researches to ask numerous unsolved questions about the complexity of neural circuits. Since 2011, Dr. Taniguchi has also been a researcher in Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology in Japan.

Dr. Taniguchi has received grants from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) (2009), Citizens United United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) (2013), and the Whitehall Foundation (2014).

Selected Publications

  1. Taniguchi, H. (2014) Genetic dissection of GABAergic neural circuits in mouse neocortex Front. Cell. Neurosci. 8:8. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2014.00008

  2. Taniguchi, H., Lu, J., and Huang, Z.J. (2013) The Spatial and Temporal Origin of Chandelier Cells in Mouse Neocortex Science. Jan 4;339(6115):70-74.

  3. Adesnik, H., Bruns, W., Taniguchi, H., Huang, Z.J. and Scanziani, M. (2012) A Neural Circuit for Spatial Summation in the Visual Cortex Nature. Oct 11;490(7419):226-231.

  4. Lee, S., Kwan, C.A., Zhang, S., Phoumthipphavong, V., Flannery, G.J., Masmanidis, C.S., Taniguchi, H., Huang, J.Z., Zhang, F., Boyden, S.E., Deisseroth, K., and Dan, Y. (2012) Activation of specific interneurons improves V1 feature selectivity and visual perception. Nature. Aug 16;488(7411):379-383.

  5. Gentet L.J, Kremer Y, Taniguchi H, Huang Z.J, Staiger J.F, and Petersen C.C. (2011) Unique functional properties of somatostatin-expressing GABAergic neurons in mouse barrel cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2012 Feb 26;15(4):607-12. doi: 10.1038/nn.3051

  6. Taniguchi, H., He, M., Wu, P., Kim, S., Paik, R., Sugino, K., Kvitsiani, D., Fu, Y., Lu, J., Lin, Y., Miyoshi, G., Shima, Y., Fishell, G., Nelson, S., and Huang, Z.J. (2011). A Resource of Cre Driver Lines for Genetic Targeting of GABAergic Neurons in Cerebral Cortex. Neuron. 2011 Sep 22;71(6):995-1013.

  7. Miyamichi, K., Amat, F., Moussavi, F., Wang, C., Wickersham, I., Wall, R.N.,Taniguchi, H., Tasic, B., Huang, Z.J., He, Z., Callaway, M.E., Horowitz, A.M., Luo, L. (2011). Cortical representation of olfactory bulb input revealed by retrograde mono-transsynaptic labeling. Nature, Apr 14;472(7342):191-196

  8. Taniguchi, H., Gollan, L., Scholl, F., Mahadomrongkul, V., Dobler, E., Limthong, N., Peck, M., Aoki, C., and Scheiffele, P. (2007). Silencing of Neuroligin Function by Postsynaptic Neurexins. Journal of Neuroscience. 2007 Mar 14;27(11):2815-24.

  9. Taniguchi, H., Kawauchi, D., Nishida, K., and Murakami, F. (2006). Classic Cadherins Regulate Tangential Migration of Precerebellar Neurons in the Caudal Hindbrain. Development, 133(10), 1923-31.

  10. Kawauchi, D., Taniguchi, H., Watanabe, H., Saito, T., and Murakami, F. (2006). Direct Visualization of Nucleogenesis by Precerebellar Neurons: Involvement of Ventricle-Directed, Radial Fibre-Associated Migration. Development, 133(6), 1113-23.

  11. Taniguchi, H., Tamada, A., Kennedy, T. E., and Murakami, F. (2002). Crossing the Ventral Midline Causes Neurons to Change Their Response to Floor Plate and Alar Plate Attractive Cues during Transmedian Migration. Developmental Biology, 249, 321-332

  12. Taniguchi, H., Shishido, E., Takeichi, M., and Nose, A. (2000). Functional Dissection of Drosophila Capricious: Its Novel Roles in Neuronal Pathfinding and Selective Synapse Formation. Journal of Neurobiology, 42: 1, 104-116

  13. Taniguchi, H., Tohyama, M., and Takagi, T. (1996). Cloning and Expression of a Novel Gene for a Protein with Leucine-rich Repeats in the Developing Mouse Nervous System. Molecular Brain Research 36:45-52