Naoya Takahashi is a team leader ("Neural Basis of Perception") at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IINS), Bordeaux Neurocampus.

He received his PhD at the University of Tokyo (advisor: Prof. Yuji Ikegaya), studying spatial organization of synaptic inputs in dendrites. He moved to Berlin for his postdoc at the laboratory Prof. Matthew Larkum (Humboldt University), where he studied active roles of cortical neuron dendrites in somatosensory processing. As a recipient of the Grass Fellowship in 2018, he worked as a summer investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA).

Naoya Takahashi has been the recipient of JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (2008, Japan), JSPS Overseas Research Fellowship (2012, Japan), Uehara Research Fellowship (2014, Japan), Grass Fellowship (2018, U.S.A.), Junior Chair by the Initiative of Excellence of the Bordeaux University (2020, France), ATIP-Avenir Grant (2020, France) and ANR-JCJC Grant (declined, France). In 2018, he received the Young Investigator Award from the Japan Neuroscience Society.