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Michael J Higley, MD/PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychiatry; Director Of Graduate Admissions, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program; Member, Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair (CNNR); Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Associate Director, MD-PhD Program



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. In 2010, Dr. Higley joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Neuroscience and the Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration, and Repair (CNNR). He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2020. He has received numerous honors for his research, including a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Klingenstein Fellowship, and most recently the NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Dr. Higley has a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and is a member of the Wu Tsai Institute. He also serves as Associate Director for the Yale MD-PhD Program and is the Director of Graduate Admissions for the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Sabatini Lab
    Harvard Medical School (2010)
  • MD/PhD
    University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • BA
    Cornell University (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NIH Director's Pioneer AwardNIH2021
Whitman FellowshipMarine Biological Laboratory2020
Inaugural Spector Award for Junior Neuroscientists at Yale UniversityYale University2016
Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar AwardMarch of Dimes2013
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD)2012
Sloan Research FellowshipAlfred P. Sloan Foundation2011
Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the NeurosciencesEsther and Joseph Klingenstein Foundation2011
Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research2010

Departments & Organizations