Joshua P. Johansen grew up in the ocean and mountains of California and Colorado where he spent much of his early life surfing, hiking and skiing. During college he found science and only occasionally looked back. Following his undergraduate degree, Josh received valuable training in the lab of Howard Fields at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 working in the lab of Hugh Tad Blair at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in Joseph LeDouxfs lab at New York University which he completed in 2011. Josh is currently Team Leader of the Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Memory at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two children.
Team Leader (equivalent to US Assistant Professor), Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Memory
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-01, Japan
2007 - 2011
New York University
Postdoctoral fellowship
Advisor: Joseph LeDoux

2003 - 2007
University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Advisor: Hugh Tad Blair

1996 - 1998
University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
2008 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship
2007 UCLA Kavan Award for excellence in neuroscience research
2004 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  Johansen JP, Wolff SB, Luthi A, and Ledoux JE: "Controlling the elements: an optogenetic approach to understanding the neural circuits of fear.", Biol Psychiatry, 71(12):1053-60 (2012), Epub 2011
  Johansen JP, Cain CK, Ostroff LE, and Ledoux JE: "Molecular mechanisms of fear learning and memory.", Cell, 147(3), 509-24 (2011)
  McNally GP, Johansen JP, and Blair HT: "Placing prediction into the fear circuit.", Trends Neurosci, 34(6), 283-92 (2011)
  Johansen JP, Tarpley JW, LeDoux JE, and Blair HT: "Neural substrates for expectation-modulated fear learning in the amygdala and periaqueductal gray.", Nat Neurosci, 13(8), 979-86 (2010)
  Johansen JP, Hamanaka H, Monfils MH, Behnia R, Deisseroth K, Blair HT, and LeDoux JE: "Optical activation of lateral amygdala pyramidal cells instructs associative fear learning.", Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 107(28), 12692-7 (2010)
  Schiller D, and Johansen J: "Prelimbic prefrontal neurons drive fear expression: a clue for extinction--reconsolidation interactions.", J Neurosci., 29(43), 13432-4 (2009)
  Meng ID, Johansen JP, Harasawa I, and Fields HL: "Kappa opioids inhibit physiologically identified medullary pain modulating neurons and reduce morphine antinociception.", J Neurophysiol., 93(3), 1138-44 (2005)
  Johansen JP, and Fields HL: "Glutamatergic activation of anterior cingulate cortex produces an aversive teaching signal.", Nat Neurosci, 7(4), 398-403 (2004)
  Meng ID, and Johansen JP: "Antinociception and modulation of rostral ventromedial medulla neuronal activity by local microinfusion of a cannabinoid receptor agonist.", Neuroscience., 124(3), 685-93 (2004)
  Johansen JP, Fields HL, and Manning BH: "The affective component of pain in rodents: direct evidence for a contribution of the anterior cingulate cortex.", Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 98(14), 8077-82 (2001)
  Frerking M, Schmitz D, Zhou Q, Johansen J, and Nicoll RA.: "Kainate receptors depress excitatory synaptic transmission at CA3-->CA1 synapses in the hippocampus via a direct presynaptic action.", J Neurosci., 21(9), 2958-66 (2001)