Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Yuki Kikuchi

Senior Research Associate

Background

My principal goal is towards research innovation in healthcare, specifically targeting neurodevelopmental disorders. I study the neurobiology of the predictive system, which is a mechanism to allow the brain to cope with unpredictable events in the world, and I employ the predictive system to understand the neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

My work harnesses neurobiological and clinical research through interdisciplinary collaborations and provides new insights on advancing neurobiology information linked to genetics of relevance for understanding other neurological disorders and improving mental health issues at large. 

I'm also active in public engagement events. As a British-Japanese female scientist, I speak about diversity and equality issues.

 

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    RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

    • 2019-2020 Guest Researcher. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Health (NIH), USA
    • 2007-2011 Georgetown University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, USA
    • 2007 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
    • 2002-2011 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Health (NIH), USA

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    Teaching

    Selected outreach events and lectures:

    • "Gene, Brain and Behaviour: Power of Prediction and Autism Spectrum Disorders" Enrichment Seminars in Psychology, Newcastle University (March 2021)
    • BBC Radio 3Music Matters: Music in the Time of Our Lives  (17-18 March, 2017)
    • Meet the Neuroscientist: Great Exhibition of the North (Great North Museum, 24 August, 2018)
    • Brain Awareness Week: Palace of Science (Wylam Brewery, 12 March, 2019)
    • European Researchers Night: Supported by the European Commission as a part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme (Great North Museum, 28 September, 2018)
    • "Rhythmic Brain. How rhythms can help our perception and learning?": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  (June 2017)
    • "Music, Language, Syntax? Sequence Learning and Neurological Disorders": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  (Dec 2016)
    • "Rhythms of your brain. Keys to train your brain through sounds": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (January 2016)
    • "Is Music Just for Us? Searching for the origins of musicality through neural symphony": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (May - June 2016)
    • "Interaction between cortical responses and natural sounds in the primate auditory system using MRI-guided electrophysiology'': Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany (June 2013)
    • "Human Brain Function and Behaviour": Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Japan. Neuroscience, Mental Health (Summer course, 2013)

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