Shigeki Watanabe recieves the Kazato Prize from the Kazato Research Foundation in Japan

June 2016

The Prize Jury 

selected Shigeki Watanabe, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

as the winner of the Kazato Prize.



Shigeki Watanabe receives Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

Sept. 2015

The Prize Jury chaired by Dr. Peter Stern, Science Senior Editor, 

selected Shigeki Watanabe, post-doctoral fellow, University of Utah &

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin as the 2015 winner of the

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Shigeki Watanabe born in 1981 receives the US$25,000 research prize for his work on synaptic vesicle endocytosis.



Shigeki Watanabe receives prestigious award from the German Society for Physiology!

Mar. 2015Christian, Shigeki and Volkmar Leßmann

Shigeki Watanabe, a post-doctoral fellow in our lab, was honored at the 2015 German Society for Physiology meeting in Magdeburg. He and his collaborators have recently discovered a new mechanism of synaptic vesicle recycling using a novel electron microscopy technique, "flash-and-freeze".



Lillie Award for Collaborative Research


In close cooperation with University of Utah neuroscientist Erik M. Jorgensen, our lab recieved by the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) the first Frank R. Lilli Research Innovation Award.

Together with Erik, we will address the fundamental question of how high-level brain processes such as memory are related to changes in the structure and function of neural connections. We will use novel electron microscopy imaging techniques to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity, a fundamental property of the nervous system. Synaptic plasticity describes the changes to structure and function that occur where nerve cells connect in the brain and is thought to underlie learning and memory. Abnormal synaptic plasticity is linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The Lillie Awards will support two years of research for a total of $125,000. Jorgensen and our lab will initiate the projects this summer at MBL.

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