Jun Nishiyama, PhD, MD

Jun Nishiyama, PhD, MD

Research Fellow
Neuronal Signal Transduction

One Max Planck Way
Jupiter, FL 33458

Researcher Bio

Dr. Jun Nishiyama joined the Yasuda lab as a postdoc in April 2011 at Duke University and moved with the lab to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in March 2013. His focus is to elucidate the principle of operation of biochemical signaling network in dendritic spines using cutting-edge optical techniques.

Dr. Nishiyama earned his MD and PhD at The University of Tokyo (Japan). During his PhD studies he has characterized the novel physiological and pathological roles of autophagy in mammalian nervous system. He also completed clinical psychiatry residency in Japan and was board certified as a designated psychiatrist by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in 2006.

Research Interests

  • Imaging signal transduction in dendritic spines
  • The roles and mechanisms of biochemical signaling in dendritic spines
  • Neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorder


  • PhD, The University of Tokyo (2008)
  • MD, The University of Tokyo (2001)

Recent work:

The new SLENDR technique

Making CRISPR Cas9 work in the brain