Professor Itagaki's training has been in insect chemosensory neurobiology, especially the physiological and anatomical correlates of gustation and olfaction. More recently, in collaboration with Chris Gillen and Drew Kerkhoff in Biology and Judy Holdener and Brad Hartlaub in Math, Itagaki and his students have been involved in a wide-ranging analysis of the morphology and physiology underlying metabolic scaling in insects.
He came to Kenyon in 1990 from John Hildebrand's lab at the University of Arizona where he was a post-doc. His previous training was at Duke (Ph.D.) and at Yale (B.S.).
Neurobiology, mechanisms of perception and reaction to stimuli, physiological and anatomical bases of gustation (taste) in insects, metabolic physiology.
1984 — Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University
1979 — Bachelor of Science from Yale University
Itagaki, H. (2013) The use of mock NSF-type grant proposals and blind peer review as the capstone assignment in upper-level neurobiology and cell biology courses. J. Undergrad. Neurosci. Educ. 12:A75-A84.
Sears, K.E.*, A.J. Kerkhoff, A. Messerman* and H. Itagaki (2012) Ontogenetic scaling of metabolism, growth, and assimilation: testing metabolic scaling theory with Manduca sexta larvae. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 85:159-173.
Gillen, C.M, C.R. Blair*, N.R. Heilman*, M. Somple*, M. Stulberg*, R. Thombre*, N. Watson*, K.M. Gillen and H. Itagaki (2006) The cation-chloride cotransporter, masBSC, is widely expressed in Manduca sexta tissues. J. Insect Physiol. 52:661-668.
Wasserman, S.L.* and H. Itagaki (2003) The olfactory responses of the antenna and maxillary palp of the fleshfly, Neobellieria bullata (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), and their sensitivity to blockage of nitric oxide synthase. Journal of Insect Physiology. 49:271-280. (pdf)
Mitchell, B., H. Itagaki, and M.-P. Rivet (1999) Peripheral and central structures involved in insect gustation. Microscopy Research and Technique. 47:401-415. (pdf)