Dr. Leslie M. Kay
The University of Chicago
Leslie M. Kay, PhD
Department of Psychology
Institute for Mind and Biology
The University of Chicago
940 E 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: 773-702-6174; email: LKay at uchicago dot edu
lab website: http://kaylab.uchicago.edu
Bachelor of Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, 1983
PhD in Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1995 (Advisor: Walter J. Freeman)
Postdoctoral Scholar in Biology and Computational Neuroscience, California Inst. of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA 1995-2000 (Advisor: Gilles Laurent)
B. Positions and Honors
1981 Annual Mathematics Prize, St. John's College
1982 Bromwell Ault Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence, St. John's College
1982-85 Graduate Student Researcher, GenBank, Los Alamos Natl. Laboratory, NM
1985 University of California Graduate Fellowship
1985-86 Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
1986 University of California Graduate Fellowship (declined)
1986-88 Programmer/Analyst, Applied Risk Management, Oakland, CA
1988 Scientific Reviewer, GenBank, Intelligenetics, Mountain View, CA
1988-90 Sr. Programmer/Analyst, Applied Risk Management, Oakland, CA
1991-95 Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
1991-93 USPHS Training Grant in Integrative Biology
1993 NSF Travel Grant to NATO Advanced Study Institute
1995-98 Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, Caltech
1995-98 Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Neurobiology
1998-2000 Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, Caltech
1998-2000 Burroughs-Wellcome Computational Molecular Biology Fellowship
2000-08 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and The College, The University of Chicago
2000- Member of graduate Committees on Computational Neuroscience and Neurobiology
2008- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and The College, The University of Chicago
2008- Director, Institute for Mind & Biology, The University of Chicago
C. Peer-reviewed publications
1. Kay, L., Shimoide, K., and Freeman, W.J. (1995) Comparison of EEG time series from rat olfactory system with model composed of nonlinear coupled oscillators. International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 5(3): 849-858.
2. Kay, L.M., Lancaster, L.R., and Freeman, W.J. (1996) Reafference and attractors in the olfactory system during odor recognition. International Journal of Neural Systems, 7(4): 489-495.
3. Kay, L.M. and Freeman, W.J. (1998) Bidirectional processing in the olfactory-limbic axis during olfactory behavior. Behavioral Neuroscience, 112(3): 541-553.
4. Kay, L.M. and Laurent, G. (1999) Odor- and context-dependent modulation of mitral cell firing in behaving rats. Nature Neuroscience, 2(11): 1003-1009.
5. Nusser, Z., Kay, L.M., Laurent, G., Homanics, G.E., Mody, I. (2001) Disruption of GABAA receptor-mediated inhibition of GABAergic interneurons leads to increased synchrony of the olfactory bulb network. J. Neurophysiology 86(6): 2823-2833.
6. Kay, L.M. (2001) Chaotic itinerancy: insufficient perceptual evidence. Commentary on I. Tsuda, “Towards an interpretation of dynamic neural activity in terms of chaotic dynamical systems,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(5) 793-847.
7. Kay, L.M. (2003) A challenge to chaotic itinerancy from brain dynamics. Chaos 13(3): 1057-1066. [This paper was selected for publication in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, Sept. 1, 2003, 6(5)]
8. Kay, L.M. (2003) Two species of gamma oscillations in the olfactory bulb: dependence on behavioral state and synaptic interactions. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience 2(1): 31-44.
9. Kay, L.M., Lowry, C.A., Jacobs, H.A. (2003) Receptor contributions to configural and elemental odor mixture perception. Behavioral Neuroscience 117(5): 1108-1114.
10. Kay, L.M. (2004) Two minds about odors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101(51): 17569-17570.
11. Kay, L.M., Crk, T. and Thorngate, J. (2005) A redefinition of odor mixture quality. Behavioral Neuroscience 119(3): 726-733.
12. Kay, L.M. (2005) Theta oscillations and sensorimotor performance. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102(10): 3863-3868.
13. Kay, L.M., Krysiak, M., Barlas, L., Edgerton, G.B. (2006) Grading odor similarities in a Go/No-Go task, Physiology and Behavior, 88(4-5):339-346.
14. Kay, L.M. and Stopfer, M. (2006) Information processing in the olfactory systems of insects and vertebrates. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, 17(4):433-42.
15. Kay, L.M., Beshel, J., Martin, C. (2006) When good enough is best. Neuron, 51(3):277-8.
16. Kay, L.M. and Sherman, S.M. (2007) Argument for an olfactory thalamus. Trends in Neurosciences, 30(2):47-53. [This paper selected as recommended reading by Faculty of 1000 and by Faculty of 1000 Medicine]
17. Ables, E. M., Kay, L. M., Mateo, J. M. (2007) Rats assess degree of relatedness from human odors. Physiology and Behavior, 90: 726-732.
18. Lowry, C.A. and Kay, L.M. (2007) Chemical factors determine olfactory system beta oscillations in waking rats. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98(1): 394-404
19. Prendergast, B.J., Kampf-Lassin, A., Yee, J.R., Galang, J., McMaster, N., and Kay, L.M. (2007) Winter day lengths enhance T lymphocyte phenotypes, inhibit cytokine responses, and attenuate behavioral symptoms of infection in laboratory rats. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 21(8): 1096-1108.
20. Beshel, J., Kopell, N. and Kay, L.M. (2007) Olfactory bulb gamma oscillations are enhanced with task demands. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(31): 8358-8365.
21. Martin, C., Beshel, J. and Kay, L.M. (2007) An olfacto-hippocampal network is dynamically involved in odor discrimination learning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 98(4): 2196-2205.
22. Prendergast, B.J. and Kay, L.M. (2008) Affective and adrenocorticotrophic responses to photoperiod in Wistar rats, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 20(2): 261-267.
23. Grossman, K.J., Mallik, A.K., Ross, J., Kay, L.M., Issa, N.P. (2008) Glomerular activation patterns and the perception of odor mixtures, European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(10): 2676-2685.
24. Rojas-Líbano, D. and Kay, L.M. (2008) Olfactory system gamma oscillations: the physiological dissection of a cognitive neural system. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 2(3): 179-194.
25. Prendergast, B. J., Pyter, L. M., Galang, J., & Kay, L. M. (2008). Reproductive responses to photoperiod persist in olfactory bulbectomized Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus). Behavioural Brain Research, 198(1):159-164.
26. Frederick, D. E., Barlas, L., Ievins, A., & Kay, L.M. (2009). A critical test of the overlap hypothesis for odor mixture perception. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123(2): 430-437.
27. Kay, L.M., Beshel, J., Brea, J., Martin, C., Rojas-Líbano, D. & Kopell, N. (2009) Olfactory oscillations: the what, how and what for, Trends in Neurosciences, 32(4): 207-214.
28. Prendergast, B. J., Galang, J., Kay, L.M., Pyter, L. M. (2009). Influence of the olfactory bulbs on blood leukocytes and behavioral responses to infection in Siberian hamsters. Brain Research, 1268: 48-57.
29. Brea, J., Kay, L.M. and Kopell, N. (2009) Biophysical model for gamma rhythms in the olfactory bulb via subthreshold oscillations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106(51): 21954-21959.
30. Gourévitch, B., Kay. L.M. and Martin, C. (2010) Directional coupling from the olfactory bulb to the hippocampus during a go/no-go odor discrimination task. Journal of Neurophysiology, in press.
D. Book chapters, Reference Works & Thesis
1. Barczys, C., Bloom, L. and Kay, L. (1993) Applying genetic algorithms to improve EEG classification and explore GA parametrization, in Lectures in Complex Systems, Eds. L. Nadel & D. Stein, Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Lect. Vol. V, Addison-Wesley.
2. Kay, L.M. (1995) Dynamic Interaction of Olfactory and Limbic Systems during Olfactory Perception. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
3. Kay, L., Freeman, W.J. , and Lancaster, L. (1996) Limbic markers during olfactory perception, in Advances in Processing and Pattern Analysis of Biological Signals, Eds. I. Gath and G. Inbar. Plenum: New York, pp 71-84.
4. Kay, L.M. (2008) Olfactory Information, in Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Binder, M.D.; Hirokawa, N.; Windhorst, U.; Hirsch, M.C. (Eds.) Springer Science, New York.
5. Kay, L.M. (2008) Dynamical architecture of the mammalian olfactory system, in Dynamic Brain LNCS 5286 (pp. 67-90), M. Marinaro, S. Scarpetta & Y. Yamaguchi (Eds.). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.