Satinder Kaur Singh PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Biographical Info

Satinder was born in Boston, MA and moved, as a teenager, to Minneapolis, MN with her family. She received her doctoral degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, supported by an HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship.
She has had a long-standing interest in the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disease, particularly in the role that the biogenic amines play. As a postdoctoral fellow, she combined her knowledge of neuropsychopharmacology and enzymology with X-ray crystallography to develop molecular models of transport and inhibition for LeuT, a bacterial orthologue of neurotransmitter sodium symporters (NSS). At Yale Satinder has been concentrating on eukaryotic NSS members, specifically those that transport the biogenic amines serotonin (SERT), dopamine (DAT), and norepinephrine (NET).

Education & Training

University of Minnesota (1995)
University of Minnesota (2002)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (2003 - 2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Oregon Health and Science University, Vollum Institute (2005 - 2008)

Honors & Recognition

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (declined)
    National Science Foundation 
  • HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1997)
  • NIH/NINDS Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
    National Institutes of Health (2003)
  • Goodman & Gilman Yale Scholar Award
    Yale University School of Medicine (2010)
  • NIH/NIMH K99/R00 "Pathway to Independence Award"
    National Institutes of Health (2008)
  • Sloan Research Fellowship Award
    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2012)
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Award
    Brain and Behavior Foundation (2015)

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