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Lab Members

Kei Igarashi, PhD

Chancellor's Fellow Associate Professor

Kei grew up in greater Tokyo and obtained his Ph.D in the Kensaku Mori lab at University of Tokyo. He then moved all the way to Trondheim, Norway to join the laboratory of Edvard and May-Britt Moser. There, he experienced a vibrant and exciting new era of memory research, concurrent with the awarding of Edvard and May-Britt’s Nobel Prizes. Kei moved again all the way to California to start his lab in 2016.
Enthusiast in Nordic skiing (Langrenn & Telemark)


Tatsuki Nakagawa, PhD

BrightFocus Postdoctoral Fellowship

Tatsuki grew up in Nakgano, Japan, and obtained his PhD at Kanazawa University. He joins the lab in Aug 2020.


Sharon Lim, PhD

Postdoc (joint with the Kitazawa lab)

Sharon grew up in Singapore and obtained her PhD at National University of Singapore. She will be expanding her research interest in Alzheimer's disease in the Igarashi lab starting May 2020.


Jordan Donohue, PhD


Jordan grew up in Seattle, Washington and received his Bachelors in behavioral neuroscience from Western Washington University. He then transitioned to his PhD work at UC-Riverside where he worked under Dr. Garret Anderson investigating the role of synaptic cell adhesion molecules in circuit assembly. Jordan started his work here January 2023. In his spare time he is an avid nature enthusiast, runner and card collector.

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Heechul Jun, PhD

MD-PhD Student

Heechul joined the Igarashi lab in 2017 as an MD-PhD student, and has successfully obtained his PhD in 2022.
He continues his research while he is busy completing his MD.


Jason Lee

PhD Student

NIH F31 Fellowship

Jason grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. He obtained his BS in Neuroscience at UCLA gaining experience in the lab of Dr. Dean Buonomano, and joined the Igarashi lab through the UCI Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP) in 2019.


Jiayun Leon Xie

PhD Student

UCI Mapel Innovation Research Fellowship

Leon grew up in Guangzhou, China. He obtained his BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCSD in 2014, working in Dr. Ralph Greenspan's Lab. He continued working as a technician in the Greenspan Lab after graduation. He joined the Igarashi lab in 2020

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Yutian Zhang

PhD Student

Yutian grew up in Yunnan, China. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology and psychology in 2021 from UC Davis and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Masashi Tabuchi’s lab at Case Western Reserve University. Yutian joined the Igarashi lab in April 2023. Outside of research, she enjoys exploring nature and music.


Kiwon Park

PhD Student

Kiwon grew up in Seoul, Korea. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology in 2023 from Tsukuba University, Japan.
Kiwon joined the Igarashi lab in Mar 2024 as an BME PhD student. Outside of research, he enjoys hiking.


Ayana Ichii

Research Technician

Ayana started the lab in 2022


Yasmeen Medhat

Research Technician

Yasmeen joined the lab in 2023
BS, UC Berkeley

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Allen Bramian

Research Technician 2020 - 2022
Undergraduate Student 2018 - 2020
Now MD student at SUNY Stony Brook

Jasmine Chavez

Undergraduate Student 2019 - 2021
Now graduate student in UCI INP program

Shogo Soma, Ph.D

Postdoc 2018 – 2019
Now Assistant Professor at Kyoto Medical College, Japan

Tomoaki Nakazono, Ph.D

Postdoc 2016 – 2018
Nakazono et al., Neurosci Res 2018

Nakazono et at., Front Sys Neurosci 2017

Now Assistant Professor at Fukushima Medical College, Japan

Ananya Dasgupta, Ph.D

Postdoc 2018 – 2019
Now back in India

Karolyn Tran

Undergraduate Student 2018 – 2019

Seiya Bamba

Undergraduate Student 2018
Now MD student at Kyoto University

Sunwoo Oh

Undergraduate Student 2018
Now PhD student in UCI CMB program

Ayushi Patel

Undergraduate Student 2016 – 2018
Now MD student at University of South Florida

Travis Lam

Undergraduate Student 2016 – 2018
Now MD student at Creighton University

Rodrigo Romo

Research Technician 2020 - 2021
Now in the Clinical Lab Scientist Training Program at CSULA/USC

Sandra Yungblut

Research Technician 2020 - 2021

Kaori Shiraiwa

Research Technician 2019 - 2021

Tomoko Viaclovsky

Research Technician 2017 - 2021

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Past Members

Yuma Kato

Intern Graduate student from the University of Tokyo

Nicholas Bleza

Research Technician 2022-2023

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