Assistant Professor of Biology and Chen Scholar
B.A., The University of Tokyo, 2002; Ph.D., 2007. Caltech, 2014; Chen Scholar, 2019.
The long-term goal of Dr Oka's research is to understand how the brain integrates internal body state and external sensory information to maintain the balance in the body. In particular, his lab investigates various aspects of homeostatic regulation and innate behavior including (1) thirst and satiation mechanisms, (2) short- and long-term appetite regulation, and (3) interaction among peripheral, interoceptive, and neural signaling.
Further information on Dr Oka's research is available here.