Kenta Asahina

Assistant Professor

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

The Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair in Neurobiology

Kenta Asahina
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Publications


Asahina, K., Watanabe, K., Duistermars, B.J., Hoopfer, E., González, C.R., Eyjólfsdóttir, E.A., Perona, P., Anderson, D.J. Sexually dimorphic Tachykinin-expressing neurons control male-specific aggression in Drosophila. Cell 156, 221-235 (2014)

Asahina, K.*, Louis, M.*, Piccinotti, S. and Vosshall, L.B. A circuit supporting concentration-invariant odor perception in Drosophila. J. Biol. 8, 9 (Epub) (2009) (* equal contribution)

Asahina, K., Pavlenkovich, V., and Vosshall, L.B. The survival advantage of olfaction in a competitive environment. Curr, Biol. 18, 1153-1155 (2008).

Fishilevich, E., Domingos, A.I., Asahina, K., Naef, F., Vosshall, L.B. and Louis, M. Chemotaxis behavior mediated by single larval olfactory neurons in Drosophila. Curr Biol 15, 2086-2096 (2005).

Invited review publication

Asahina, K. and Benton, R., Meeting Report: Smell and Taste on a high — Symposium on Chemical Senses: From Genes to Perception. EMBO Report 8, 634-638 (2007).


BS, Zoology, University of Tokyo
PhD, Neurobiology, Rockefeller University

Awards & Honors

  • 2009 BioMed Central Biology Prize
  • 2011 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad