Meet the Innovators Under 35 - Group 4

Kay Tye, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Identifying how the connections between regions of the brain contribute to anxiety.

Kay Tye, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Kay Tye began her education as an undergraduate research assistant at MIT from 1999-2003. She continued her studies at the University of California, San Francisco as a graduate student in Patricia Janak’s lab studying electrophysiological properties of amygdala neurons both in vivo and ex vivo during reward-seeking behavior. Kay then did a short postdoc with Antonello Bonci, now the intramural director of NIDA, to study synaptic strength following reward learning, followed by a postdoc at Stanford University with Karl Deisseroth where she used novel optogenetic techniques to dissect the neural circuitry underlying psychiatric disease.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.

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