Satoru K. Miura, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher

I study how we see. And how we don't.

Welcome to my work. I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Massimo Scanziani at the University of California, San Francisco, studying visual processing.

The role of our visual system is not to faithfully reconstruct the visual scenes, but rather it is to ultimately aid in our behavior. For this reason, there is a fair amount of "interpretation" that happens during visual processing - whether based on experience or established through evolution. Why do we see a dotted line as a continuous line? Why do the same two objects, but one twice as far as the other and hence half the size of the other on the retina, appear to be the same size? I am fascinated by the circuit mechanisms that underlie these interpretations. How do we see what we "see"? I am also fascinated by what we don't see. Currently, my project aims to understand the circuit mechanisms that prevent us from perceiving motion induced by our own saccades, or rapid eye movements (see Current project).

Prior to my postdoc, I earned my Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of Dr. S. Lawrence Zipursky, studying the role of extraordinary diversity of Dscam1 in the development of the fly nervous system.

Last updated: October 2021


Probabilistic splicing of Dscam1 establishes identity at the level of single neurons

Satoru K. Miura, André Martins, Kelvin X. Zhang, Brenton R. Graveley, S. Lawrence Zipursky

Cell, vol. 155(5), 2013, pp. 1166-1177

Synapse- and stimulus-specific local translation during long-term neuronal plasticity

Dan Ohtan Wang, Sang Mok Kim, Yali Zhao, Hongik Hwang, Satoru K Miura, Wayne S Sossin, Kelsey C Martin

Science, vol. 324(5934), 2009, pp. 1536-40


Satoru K. Miura, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher

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Department of Physiology

University of California, San Francisco

675 Nelson Rising Ln, Room 494B
Sandler Neurosciences Center
San Francisco, CA 94143-0444