Carina Hanashima, Ph.D.

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Carina Hanashima

Current Position

Team Leader, Laboratory for Neocortical Development
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
2-2-3 Minatojima-minamimachi
Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan

Contact Information

Office: +81-78-306-3400
Lab: +81-78-306-3402
Fax: +81-78-306-3401

Education and Training


  • 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gordon Fishell Lab, Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine, NY

Previous Work

My research interest is to understand the developmental mechanisms of how diverse arrays of neurons are coordinated into high-functional territories. Specific questions concerning neocortical development are: What are the mechanisms by which diverse cell fate is determined in the neocortex? How are neurons precisely arranged into distinct cortical areas? To what extent does the refinement of functional areas rely on environmental inputs? I continue to explore these questions in my own laboratory employing range of techniques including genetic manipulations, recombination mediated cell-lineage tracing, and systematic approaches to identify novel molecules responsible for areal specification. The goal is to understand the mechanistic basis by which unique sensory perceptions and functional circuitries develop in the human neocortex.