Kenyon College

Haruhiko Itagaki
Department of Biology
Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio 43022
(740) 427-5394

Education and training:

1986-1990 Post-Doctoral Fellow,
Arizona Research Labs, Div. of Neurobiology, Univ. of Arizona with Dr. J. G. Hildebrand

1984-1985 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Univ. of S. Alabama with Dr. J. L. Parmentier

1979-1984 Ph.D. Dept. of Zoology, Duke University with Dr. W. E. Conner

1980,1985 Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA (Summer Courses in Neurobiology (1985) and Neural Systems and Behavior (1980))

1975-1979 B.S. in Biology, Yale University

Academic positions:

2003-Present Professor, Dept. of Biology, Kenyon College

1996-2003 Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, Kenyon College

1990-1996 MacArthur Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, Kenyon College

Current External Grant:

2008-13 Co-PI, NSF Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics Grant (# 0827208) Title: Investigating the Mathematical Biology of Metabolic Scaling using Manduca InSTaRs (Interdisciplinary Science Training and Research)

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships:

2008 Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Kenyon College
2000 Robert J. Tomsich Science Award, Kenyon College
1995 Trustee's Teaching Award for Junior Faculty, Kenyon College
1987-90 NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship
1980-83 NSF Graduate Fellowship
1975 National Merit Scholarship

Professional Society Memberships:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Animal Behavior Society
Council for Undergraduate Research
International Society for Neuroethology
Sigma Xi
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
Society for Neuroscience

Publications (* Indicates Kenyon Undergraduate)

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.  (pdf)

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.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  85:159-173 (pdf)

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. Journal of Insect Physiology. 52:661-668 (pdf)

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)

Sheridan, S.L.*, K.A. Iversen*, and H. Itagaki (1996) The role of chemical senses in seed-carrying behavior by ants: A behavioral, physiological, and morphological study. J. Insect Physiol. 42:149-159. (pdf)

Christensen, T.A., H.K. Lehman, P.E.A. Teal, H. Itagaki, J. Tumlinson, and J.G. Hildebrand. (1992) Diel changes in the presence and physiological actions of octopamine in the female sex pheromone glands of Heliothine moths. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 22:841-849.

Mitchell, B.K. and H. Itagaki (1992) Physiology and morphology of gustatory interneurons in the subesophageal ganglion of the fleshfly Sarcophaga bullata. J. Comp. Physiol. A 171:213-230. (

Christensen, T.A., H. Itagaki, P.E.A. Teal, R. Jasensky, J.H. Tumlinson, and J.G. Hildebrand. (1991) Neural regulation of the sex pheromone gland in female Heliothis moths. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 88:4971-4975. (

Itagaki, H. and J.G. Hildebrand (1990) Olfactory interneurons in the brain of the larval tobacco hawkmoth, Manduca sexta. J. Comp. Physiol. A 167:309-320. (

Itagaki, H. and W.E. Conner (1988) The calling behavior of Manduca sexta (L.) (Lepidoptera:Sphingidae) with notes on the morphology of the pheromone gland. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 81:798-807.

Itagaki, H. and W.E. Conner (1987) Physiological control of pulsatile gland extrusion in female Utetheisa ornatrix. J. Insect Physiol. 33:177-181.

Itagaki, H. and W.E. Conner (1986) Physiological control of pheromone release behavior in Manduca sexta. J. Insect Physiol. 32:657-664.

Conner, W.E., R.P. Webster, and H. Itagaki (1985) Calling behavior in arctiid moths: the effects of temperature and wind speed on the rhythmic exposure of the sex attractant gland. J. Insect Physiol. 31:815-820.

Itagaki, H. (1984) Physiological control of sex pheromone release behavior in the moths Manduca sexta (Sphingidae) and Utetheisa ornatrix (Arctiidae). Ph.D. Dissertation, Duke University.

Conner, W.E. and H. Itagaki (1984) Pupal attendance behavior in the crabhole mosquito Deinocerites cancer Theobald: the effects of pupal age and sex. Physiol. Entomol. 9:263-267.

Thorp, J.H. and H. Itagaki (1982) Verification versus falsification of existing theory: analysis of possible chemical communication in crayfish. J. Chem. Ecol. 8:1073-1077. (

Itagaki, H. and J.H. Thorp (1981) Laboratory experiments to determine if crayfish can communicate chemically in a flow-through system. J. Chem. Ecol. 7:115-126. (