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Junpei Yamashita


Postdoctoral Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Laboratory of

Dr. Ichiro Matsumoto


Ph.D., Molecular Biology; Tokyo Institute of Technology

Research Summary

My research interests are mammalian chemosensory systems, especially taste. My goal is to understand how chemosensory systems recognize chemical substances in the external environment at molecular and cellular level. To identify an important gene involved in chemical senses, I use mouse genetics and in situ hybridization, immunohistochemical analysis. I am also interested in function of intestinal tuft cells.


Taste, olfaction, solitary chemosensory cells, tuft cells, molecular biology, genetics

Recent Publications

Yamashita J, Ohmoto M, Yamaguchi T, Matsumoto I, Hirota J. Skn-1a/Pouu2f3 functions as a master regulator to generate Trpm5-expressing chemosensory cells in mice. PLOS ONE. (2017) 12(12)

Yamaguchi T, Yamashita J, Ohmoto M, Aoudé I, Ogura T, Luo W, et al. Skn-1a / Pou2f3 is required for the generation of Trpm5-expressing microvillous cells in the mouse main olfactory epithelium. BMC Neurosci. (2014) 15:13.

Ohmoto M, Yamaguchi T, Yamashita J, Bachmanov AA, Hirota J, Matsumoto I. Pou2f3/Skn-1a is necessary for the generation or differentiation of solitary chemosensory cells in the anterior nasal cavity. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. (2013) 77: 2154–2156.