Dr Yuki Kikuchi (Principal Investigator)

Yuki is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Faculty of Medical Sciences and a principal investigator of the Laboratory of Cognitive and Translational Neuroscience at Newcastle University. She obtained her PhD in behavioural neuroscience in Japan and took a post-doc training under the mentorship of Dr Mortimer Mishkin at the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH/NIH in the USA.

She has +25 years of experience in primate work across four countries (USA, UK, Germany, Japan) and uses a variety of neuroscience approaches combined with electrophysiology, fMRI, optogenetics, neuroanatomy, genomics and computational modelling to understand the neural circuits of auditory cognition, aiming to advance treatment and intervention options for social cognition disorders. 

Yuki is a British-Asian scientist from a minority ethnic background and is also a strong advocate for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI). She actively contributes to outreach events towards greater equality and bringing new possibilities and potentials among typically under-represented people.


  • Neurobiology of auditory cognition, prediction and memory
  • Primate neuroscience of direct relevance for neurosurgery and patient work
  • A primate model of social cognition disorders such as autism and anxiety


  • 2019-2020 Guest Researcher. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH, USA
  • 2007-2011 Georgetown University Medical School, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, USA
  • 2007  Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany
  • 2002-2011 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), NIH, USA (2002-2004: JSPS Fellow)

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