Satinder Kaur Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Departments & Organizations

Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Office of Student Research

Structural Biology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology


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

PhD University of Minnesota (2002)
BS University of Minnesota (1995)
Postdoctoral Fellow Oregon Health and Science University
Postdoctoral Fellow Columbia University

Honors & Recognition

  • HHMI Predoctoral FellowshipHoward Hughes Medical Institute (1997)

  • NIH/NINDS Individual NRSA Postdoctoral FellowshipNational Institutes of Health (2003)

  • NIH/NIMH K99/R00 "Pathway to Independence Award"National Institutes of Health (2008)

  • Sloan Research Fellowship AwardAlfred P. Sloan Foundation (2012)

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (declined)National Science Foundation (1997)

  • NARSAD Independent Investigator AwardBrain and Behavior Foundation (2015)

  • Goodman & Gilman Yale Scholar AwardYale University School of Medicine (2010)

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Contact Info

Satinder Kaur Singh, PhD
Office Location
Sterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste Room BE11

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
333 Cedar Street, SHM B147
P.O. Box 208026

New Haven, CT 06520