Kelsey Martin, MD '92, PhD '92


Years active at Yale: YSM Class of 1992

Dr. Martin is being recognized for her roles in research, teaching, mentoring,and administration.In July she was named dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Before her appointment as dean, she had served as interim dean, executive vice dean, and associate vice chancellor.

Her lab integrates cell biological, molecular and electrophysiological approaches to understand how experience changes brain connectivity to store memories.

Dr. Martin has been a leader in UCLA’s drive to promote cross-disciplinary cooperation among scientists in neuroscience and other brain-related research. She has received numerous awards, including a W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research Program Award, the Jordi Folch-Pi Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry and the Daniel X. Freedman Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.After receiving a degree in English and American Language and Literature at Harvard she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She then entered the MD/PhD program at Yale, where she studied influenza virus-host cell interactions. She did her postdoctoral training in neurobiology at Columbia University, and joined the UCLA faculty in 1999.

Dr. Martin is on the editorial board of Cell and the scientific advisory boards of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Awards in Medicine and the McKnight Scholar Awards.