Dean of USC Dornsife
Steve Kay was appointed dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair effective October 1, 2012.
Kay comes to USC from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where, as dean of biological sciences, he oversaw a large academic division that includes a graduate program ranked first among its peers in 2011 by the National Research Council. He was appointed holder of UCSD’s Richard C. Atkinson Chair in Biological Sciences in 2007.
Previously, Kay held faculty positions at Rockefeller University, the University of Virginia and the Scripps Research Institute. Additionally, as director of discovery research at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), he helped build research programs applying human genome science to biomedical research and drug discovery. Kay also has founded several biotechnology companies, the latest of which is Reset Therapeutics, a San Francisco-based drug development corporation.
An internationally recognized expert on genes and circadian rhythms, Kay has published more than 200 papers and was named by ISI as a highly cited scientist. His work was cited in Science magazine’s “Breakthroughs of the Year” in 1997 and 1998, and again in 2002.
Kay was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009, and in 2010, he was awarded the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. In recognition of his pioneering work in plant sciences, Kay was chosen to receive the 2011 Martin Gibbs Medal by the American Society for Plant Biology.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.