The Imanishi lab is in the Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. Imanishi Lab focuses on the following areas of research: (1) Morphogenesis and maintenance of membrane structures in photoreceptor neurons; (2) Ciliary protein trafficking and ciliopathy in the retina; (3) Drug discovery for inherited blinding disorders. We apply state of the art imaging technologies such as STED microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, and high-contents/high-throughout confocal microscopy to visualize and study the dynamic cellular processes.

Positions are available for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in the areas of neurosciences and cell biology.


09.10.18 - Dr. Imanishi is invited to give a talk at the ISER XXIII Biennial Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

07.20.18 - Dr. Imanishi is invited to give a talk at the International Symposium on Usher Syndrome in Mainz, Germany.

10.20.17 - Dr. Imanishi receives the Pisart Award in Vision Research!

09.27.17 - Dr. Imanishi is invited to give a talk at Havard University and Boston Children's Hospital.

06.01.17 - Dr. Jahan joins Imanishi Lab.

Research Interests

Ongoing projects on the cell biology of photoreceptor neurons.


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About Us

Current and previous lab members.

Available Positions

Seeking inquisitive, motivated individuals.



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