Michael J Higley, MD/PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience; Primary Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR); Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Departments & Organizations

Neuroscience: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience | Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Office of Student Research

Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Neurobiology; Receptors and Signal Transduction | Neuroscience: Behavioral and Systems; Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience; Neural Disorders; Neurophysiology; Sensory Systems

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Higley studied behavioral neuroscience at Cornell University. He then completed his MD and PhD in the MSTP Program and the laboratory of Dr. Diego Contreras at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued his scientific training as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School and joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Neuroscience in 2010.

Education & Training

MD/PhD University of Pennsylvania (2007)
BA Cornell University (1998)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sabatini Lab Harvard Medical School

Honors & Recognition

  • Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar AwardMarch of Dimes (2013)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) (2012)

  • Sloan Research FellowshipAlfred P. Sloan Foundation (2011)

  • Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the NeurosciencesEsther and Joseph Klingenstein Foundation (2011)

  • Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2010)

Professional Service

  • Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Journal of Physiology

  • Junior ad hoc member NIH Study Section: Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels, and Calcium Signaling.

  • Fellow, Freshman Advisor Berkeley College

  • MD,PhD Faculty Advisory Committee

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Contact Info

Michael J Higley, MD/PhD
Lab Location
Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Avenue, Ste 449

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine
295 Congress Avenue, Ste 454E

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Dept. of NeurobiologyPO Box 208001
New Haven, CT 06520

Higley Lab

Research Image 1

Cortical layer 2/3 pyramidal neuron filled with fluorescent indicator through the whole-cell recording pipette.

Research Image 2

Synaptic potential and associated Ca transient evoked by focal glutamate uncaging onto a dendritic spine.