BACKGROUND 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 Learning and Memory at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two children.
CURRENT POSITION Team Leader (equivalent to US Assistant Professor), Laboratory for Neural Circuitry of Learning and Memory
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
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
AWARDS AND HONORS 2008 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship
2007 UCLA Kavan Award for excellence in neuroscience research
2004 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship