Dr. Michael J. 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.