Kay Tye


Systems Neurobiology Laboratory

Wylie Vale Chair

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Eight Salk professors named among most highly cited researchers in the world

LA JOLLA—Salk Professors Joanne Chory, Joseph Ecker, Ronald Evans, Rusty Gage, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Terrence Sejnowski, Reuben Shaw and Kay Tye have been named to the Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate Analytics. …

Brain biomarker predicts compulsive drinking

LA JOLLA—Although alcohol use is ubiquitous in modern society, only a portion of individuals develop alcohol use disorders or addiction. Yet, scientists have not understood why some individuals are prone …

The Kavli Foundation gifts Salk $3 million for cutting-edge neuroscience research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute announced today that The Kavli Foundation has committed $3 million to support ongoing neuroscience research at Salk as part of the joint UCSD-Salk Kavli Institute for …

Salk professor Kay Tye honored with endowed chair

LA JOLLA—Salk Professor Kay Tye has been recognized for her contributions and dedication to advancing science through research by being named to the Wylie Vale Chair.

“Kay Tye’s scientific boldness and …

Distinguished neuroscientist Kay Tye to join Salk Institute

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute announced that distinguished neuroscientist Kay Tye will join the Salk faculty in January 2019 as a full professor. She is currently an associate professor in the …


BS, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Minor in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Neuroscience, University of California at San Francisco


Awards & Honors

  • Tsuneko And Reiji Okazaki Award, 2019
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation, Neuroscience Robertson Investigator Award, 2015-2019
  • McKnight Scholar Award, 2015-2018
  • National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award, 2017
  • Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award, 2016
  • Daniel X. Freedman Award, 2016
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2016
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research (UROP) Faculty Mentor, 2015
  • Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, 2015
  • BCS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2015
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, 2014
  • Commitment to Caring MIT Graduate Mentoring Award, 2014
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Associate Member, 2014
  • Technology Review’s "Top 35 Innovators Under 35," 2014
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2013-2014
  • National Institutes Of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, 2013-2018
  • Klingenstein Foundation Award, 2013-2015
  • Whitehead Career Development Professorship, 2013-2015
  • Whitehall Foundation Award, 2012-2014
  • Kavli Foundation Frontiers Fellow, 2012
  • Jeptha H. And Emily V. Wade Fund Award, 2012
  • Stanford University Postdoctoral Award (Best in Bioengineering), 2010
  • National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009-2012
  • European Brain and Behavior Society Postdoctoral Fellow Award, 2009
  • Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2009
  • Harold M. Weintraub Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biosciences, 2009
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellow, 2005-2008