Kay Tye - Behind the Scenes

Kay Tye, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Tye talks about her research on neural circuits, which holds promise in treating a number of brain disorders.

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.