Takeshi Uenaka

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Takeshi Uenaka is a neurologist and neuroscientist studying neurodegenerative diseases by using human stem cell-derived neuron, astrocyte, and microglia. Takeshi received his medical degree from Kobe University, Japan, in 2007 and worked for 10 years as a neurologist. He completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, in 2019. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Marius Wernig, he is working to model disease environment in vitro having the above 3 cell types and to assess the interaction between microglia and intraneuronal protein aggregation. Takeshi is collaborating with Dr. Michael Bassik to apply CRISPR screening towards identifying the relevant mechanism for eliminating pathogenic protein aggregation.