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Steve Kay

Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2531
Office: ADM 304

Department of Biological Sciences


Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1984
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1981

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University, 1985-1989  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Our laboratory studies the composition and architecture of circadian networks in plants and animals. These networks are thought to provide adaptive advantages to organisms, and are now known to be pervasive in their integration with many other regulatory modules in multiple cell types. We employ high throughput genomic and chemical biology pipelines to identify network components and apply mechanistic approaches to understand their detailed function and interactions. In both plant and animal systems we have found that circadian networks are hierarchical and composed of regulatory layers that act at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels.

Honors and Awards

USC Endowed Chair, Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, Physiology and Biophysics, 10/1/2012-  
ASPB Award for the Martin Gibbs Medal, 2011-  
Highly Cited Researcher, ISI, 2010-  
UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, 2010-  
National Academy Member, Member, National Academey of Sciences USA, 2008-  
Science Breakthroughs of the Year, 2002-  
Honma Prize for Life Sciences, 1999-  
Science Breakthroughs of the Year, 1998-  
Science Breakthroughs of the Year, 1997-  
Richard C. Atkinson Chair in Biological Sciences, UCSD, 2007-2012  
W.M. Keck Foundation Junior Faculty Award, 1992-1996  
NIH Director's Shannon Award, 1991-1993  
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