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Masashi Kawasaki

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
260 Gilmer Hal
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S., Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 1979
Ph.D., Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 1984
Collaborative Research: Glial regulation of extracellular potassium concentration as a mechanism underlying development of the sexual dimorphism in frequency of pacemaking neurons
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2023
BIOL 3050: Introduction to Neurobiology
Credits: 3
Analyzes the concepts of general neurobiology, including basic electrophysiology and electrochemistry, origin of bioelectric potentials, sensory, motor, integrative and developmental neurobiology, and conceptual models of simple learning. Prerequisite: Must have completed BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040. May not take if previously completed BIOL 3170.
BIOL 3250: Introduction to Animal Behavior
Credits: 3
An introduction to comparative studies of animal behavior from neuroethological and evolutionary prospectives. The first deals with proximate causes of behavior, with emphasis on motor, sensory and central aspects of the nervous system. The second deals with ultimate causes, with emphases on natural selection, natural history, and adaptive aspects of behavior.
BIOL 4270: Animal Behavior Laboratory
Credits: 3
This laboratory course provides hands-on experiences with experimental approaches used to study animal behavior. The laboratory exercises explore visual and auditory sensory perception, biological clock, reproductive and aggressive behaviors using actively behaving animals such as hamsters, cichlid fish, crickets and electric fish. Students are given opportunities to design hypothesis-testing experiments in some laboratories.
BIOL 4910: Independent Research in the Life Sciences
Credits: 2
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member OUTSIDE of the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 4920: Independent Research in Biology
Credits: 2
Independent research for qualified undergraduates under the direction of a faculty member within the Biology Department. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
BIOL 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
BIOL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.
BIOL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.