Kay Tye, Ph.D.

Kay Tye, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Director, Training Program in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kay M. Tye, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT in 2003 and earned her Ph.D. in 2008 at UCSF with Patricia Janak. Her thesis work was supported by the National Science Foundation and recognized with the Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience as well as the Weintraub Award in Biosciences. She completed her postdoctoral training with Karl Deisseroth at Stanford University in 2011, with support from an NRSA from NIMH.

She joined the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and The Picower Institute at MIT in 2012, and has since been recognized with the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Technology Review’s Top 35 Innovators under 35, and has been named a Whitehall, Klingenstein and Sloan Foundation Fellow.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 2013

Foundation Prizes: 2016 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research by a Young Investigator