Mototaka Suzuki, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor in Neuroscience
Department of Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam
Mototaka Suzuki
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Email: -at-



École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


Columbia University, New York, USA


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Suzuki & Larkum, Cell 2020

Select publications

Suzuki, M., Pennartz, C.M.A. & Aru, J. (2023) How deep is the brain? The shallow brain hypothesis.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience 24:778-791 DOI NEW
Press release from SILS WWW
Sohn, J., Suzuki, M., Youssef, M., Hatada, S., Larkum, M.E., Kawaguchi, Y. & Kubota, Y. (2022) Presynaptic supervision of cortical spine dynamics in motor learning.
Science Advances 8(30):eabm0531 DOI
Press release from NIPS WWW
Media coverage: covered by 3 outlets including AAAS, MyNavi News
Suzuki, M., Aru, J. & Larkum, M.E. (2021) Double-µPeriscope, a tool for multi-layer optical recordings, optogenetic stimulations or both.
eLife 10:e72894 DOI
Preprint in bioRχiv 2021.06.28.450155 DOI
Aru, J., Suzuki, M. & Larkum, M.E. (2020) Cellular mechanisms of conscious processing.
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 24(10):814-825 DOI
Suzuki, M. & Larkum, M.E. (2020) General anesthesia decouples cortical pyramidal neurons.
Cell 180(4):666-676 DOI
Recommended in Faculty Opinions DOI
Invited commentary article in Japanese (ISBN 978-4-7581-2536-9)
Suzuki, M. & Larkum, M.E. (2017) Dendritic calcium spikes are clearly detectable at the cortical surface.
Nature Communications 8(1):276 DOI
Selected for Nature Index that tracks top papers.
Suzuki, M. & Gottlieb, J. (2013) Distinct neural mechanisms of distractor suppression in the frontal and parietal lobe.
Nature Neuroscience 16(1):98-104 DOI
Featured in "News & Views" of Nature Neuroscience DOI

Awards, grants & honors

2024-2026 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, New York, USA NEW
2024-2030 Starter Grant, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands NEW
2024-2027 Grant for the Promotion of Joint International Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan NEW
2022-2023 Research Grant, Sumitomo Foundation, Tokyo, Japan.
2022-2023 Research Grant, Brain Science Foundation, Tokyo, Japan.
2021-2022 Research Grant, Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology, Hamamatsu, Japan.
2013-2015 International Incoming Fellowship, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Commission.
2009-2011Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship, Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Strasbourg, France.
2008-2009Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern, Switzerland.
2005-2006Takeshi Iizuka Memorial Scholarship, Takeshi Iizuka Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Tochigi, Japan.
2004-2005PhD Student Fellowship, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2002 Waseda University Student Cultural Award, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
2002 Excellent Paper Award, The Daily Industrial News, Tokyo, Japan.
2002 Takahiro Miyashita Memorial Award, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
2001 Paper Award, NIKKEI Science: Scientific American Japanese Edition, Tokyo, Japan.

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