Leslie M. Kay

Professor of Psychology; Executive Committee Member, Masters in Computational Social Science Program

Professor Kay has been at The University of Chicago since 2000, and her laboratory studies olfactory and limbic system neurophysiology, focusing on the mechanisms and functions associated with intra- and inter-regional oscillatory cooperativity.  Dr. Kay received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then worked for the original GenBank project at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1982-85. She worked as a programmer/analyst in business applications for a number of years in the mid- to late eighties, and then returned to graduate school at UC Berkeley. She completed her dissertation research in the laboratory of Walter J. Freeman, and received her PhD in Biophysics in 1995. Her postdoctoral research was completed in the laboratory of Gilles Laurent at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied olfactory bulb mitral cell responses to changes in odor context. For more information, visit her homepage.