Kay M. Tye is a neuroscientist, professor and the Wylie Vale Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ Systems Neurobiology Laboratory. She is also a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. She’s been recognized with several prestigious research awards, including the New Innovator Award and the Pioneer Award, along with recognitions received for mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Tye currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Mental Health.