Kay Tye earned her bachelors from MIT in 2003, and her PhD for thesis work focusing on how the amygdala undergoes plasticity for reward learning with Patricia Janak at UCSF. She did her postdoctoral training with Karl Deisseroth at Stanford where she pioneered the use of projection-specific optogenetic manipulations, a mainstay of circuit neuroscience, and used this approach to dissect anxiety circuits in the amygdala. She started her own lab at MIT in 2012, investigating the neural circuit mechanisms of emotional valence. In 2017, she won the NIH Director's Pioneer Award to study social homeostasis, a conceptual framework she formalized in 2019. Tye moved her lab to the Salk Institute in 2019 and became Wylie Chair Professor of the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, and became an HHMI Investigator in 2021 and continues to investigate the neural bases of emotional valence and social homeostasis on the circuit and systems level. To learn more visit here.
Talk title: Neural Mechanisms of Social Homeostasis