Li-Huei Tsai received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed her postdoctoral work with Edward Harlow’s laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1994, Tsai joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and was named an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1997. In 2006, she was appointed Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and joined the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. She has received several awards, including an Outstanding Contributor Award from the Alzheimer Research Forum, a Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Award, an NIH Cantoni Lecture Award and a Glenn Foundation Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. She also has been named an Academician by Academia Sinica and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Tsai’s laboratory is interested in elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms underlying neurological disorders that impact learning and memory. They are taking a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the molecular, cellular and circuit basis of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.