Mikihiro Shibata

Mikihiro Shibata

Research Fellow
Neuronal Signal Transduction

One Max Planck Way
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 972-9210

mikihiro.shibata@mpfi.org

Research Summary

Dr. Mikihiro Shibata joined the Yasuda lab (Department of Neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC) as a post-doctoral fellow in 2011 and moved with the lab to Max Planck Florida Institute as a research fellow in 2013. In the Yasuda lab, he has developed the high-speed atomic force microscopy to observe the morphological changes of living cells. His current focus is to observe the morphological alteration of neurons during synaptic plasticity by real-time and real-space, which has never been observed by the traditional microscopy.

Dr. Shibata received his Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology in Nagoya, where he studied the role of internal water molecules in ion-pumping proteins. After that, he moved to Kanazawa University as a post-doctoral fellow, where he learned the high-speed atomic force microscopy to observe the conformational changes of proteins. He directly visualized the conformational change of the light-driven proton pumping protein in real-time with nanometer resolution by response of the light by using high-speed atomic force microscopy.

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale imaging of living neurons
  • Structural plasticity in hippocampal neurons
  • Spine formation

Education

  • PhD, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (2007)
  • MS, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (2005)
  • BS, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (2003)

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