Neural Circuit and Behavior

Daisuke Hattori Lab UT Southwestern

Research Interests

The Hattori lab studies how neural circuits integrate sensorimotor information, memory, and internal state to guide behavior. We use Drosophila as a primary model and employ a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses molecular genetics, neural recording, and behavioral experiments, in order to uncover neural mechanisms that provide animals with behavioral flexibility.


About the PI

Daisuke received his bachelor's degree from University of Tokyo in Japan. His thesis project in Masanori Taira’s lab focused on the early development of vertebrate brain. For his graduate work in Larry Zipursky's lab at University of California, Los Angeles, Daisuke studied molecular mechanisms that mediate neural circuit assembly. His work contributed to demonstrating that the diversity encoded by Drosophila Dscam1 gene is essential to mediate neurite self-avoidance by generating unique neuronal identity labels. As a postdoc in Richard Axel's lab at Columbia University, Daisuke studied the anatomy and function of a neural circuit that supports learning and memory. He contributed to studies that identified a complete circuit diagram of Drosophila learning center, the mushroom body. In addition, his work revealed a simple dopamine-dependent neural mechanism in Drosophila that mediates detection of novelty and transition to familiarity. In 2018, Daisuke joined the faculty in the Department of Physiology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience.

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Lab Members

Members (2019-2021): Clockwise from top-left; Avirut, Kristin, Moise, Jack, Alexa, Analia, and Xinke


Just for Fun



Representations of Novelty and Familiarity in a Mushroom Body Compartment.
Hattori D, Aso Y, Swartz KJ, Rubin GM, Abbott LF, Axel R. Cell (2017) 169 (5), 956-969

The neuronal architecture of the mushroom body provides a logic for associative learning.
Aso Y, Hattori D, Yu Y, Johnston RM, Iyer NA, Ngo TT, Dionne H, Abbott LF, Axel R, Tanimoto H, Rubin GM. eLife (2014) 3:e04577

Robust discrimination between self and non-self neurites requires thousands of Dscam1 isoforms.
Hattori D, Chen Y, Matthews BJ, Salwinski L, Sabatti C, Grueber WB, Zipursky SL. Nature (2009) 461 (7264), 644-648

Dscam-mediated cell recognition regulates neural circuit formation.
Hattori D*, Millard SS*, Wojtowicz WM*, Zipursky SL. Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (2008) 24, 597-620, Review

Dscam diversity is essential for neuronal wiring and self-recognition.
Hattori D*, Demir E*, Kim HW, Viragh E, Zipursky SL, Dickson BJ. Nature (2007) 449 (7159), 223-227

Dendrite self-avoidance is controlled by Dscam.
Matthews BJ, Kim ME, Flanagan JJ, Hattori D, Clemens JC, Zipursky SL, Grueber WB. Cell (2007) 129 (3), 593-604

Got diversity? Wiring the fly brain with Dscam.
Zipursky SL, Wojtowicz WM, Hattori D. Trends in Biochemical Sciences (2006) 31 (10), 581-588, Review

DNA methylation controls the timing of astrogliogenesis through regulation of JAK-STAT signaling.
Fan G, Martinowich K, Chin MH, He F, Fouse SD, Hutnick L, Hattori D, Ge W, Shen Y, Wu H, ten Hoeve J, Shuai K, Sun YE. Development (2005) 132 (15), 3345-3356

Identification of target genes for the Xenopus Hes-related protein XHR1, a prepattern factor specifying the midbrain-hindbrain boundary.
Takada H*, Hattori D*, Kitayama A, Ueno N, Taira M. Developmental Biology (2005) 283 (1), 253-267

Analysis of Dscam diversity in regulating axon guidance in Drosophila mushroom bodies.
Zhan XL, Clemens JC, Neves G, Hattori D, Flanagan JJ, Hummel T, Vasconcelos ML, Chess A, Zipursky SL. Neuron (2004) 43 (5), 673-686

DNA methylation-related chromatin remodeling in activity-dependent BDNF gene regulation.
Martinowich K, Hattori D, Wu H, Fouse S, He F, Hu Y, Fan G, Sun YE. Science (2003) 302 (5646), 890-893