Yamaguchi Lab is a part of the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscienceat the University of Utah

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Welcome to the Yamaguchi Lab

We study neural basis of behavior using vocalization of African clawed frogs as a model.


Currently, research training opportunities are available for a postdoctoral fellow and graduate students. Successful candidates will work on a project that investigates the cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying rhythmic vocal production in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. A unique feature of the Xenopus vocal system is that we can study the functional properties of the vocal pathways in vitro using a “singing brain in a dish” preparation that we previously developed. By applying a variety of experimental methods including electrophysiological, pharmacological, immunohistochemical, and more recently developed optogenetic techniques, we will strive to answer how neurons function together to generate male- and female-specific vocal rhythms in androgen-dependent manner. The positions are funded through an NSF grant, and available starting June 2016. A background in cellular neurobiology and/or electrophysiology is preferred for postdoctoral candidates. In addition to receiving a strong training in cellular and systems neuroscience, the collaborative nature of the research program together with the diverse faculty in the neuroscience community on campus provides an opportunity to pursue various directions of research including computational neuroscience, optical imaging, and molecular neuroscience. Please e-mail a CV and a list of references to Dr. Ayako Yamaguchi (a.yamaguch at