Steve Kay

Expert in genes and circadian rhythms

Provost professor of neurology, biomedical engineering and biological sciences

Director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience


  • circadian rhythms in plants and mammals
  • circadian clock
  • chronobiology
  • biological rhythms
  • biological clock
  • body clock
  • day-night cycle
  • clock genes
  • peak times
  • circadian transcriptional networks
  • sleep-wake cycle
  • evolution of circadian clock
  • biochemistry
  • neurology
  • physiology
  • biophysics

Additional Information

  • cited in Science magazine’s “Breakthroughs of the Year” three times since 1997
  • elected member, National Academy of Sciences
  • fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • editorial board, Journal of Biological Rhythms, 1995-present
  • highly cited researcher, ISI, January 2010
  • Martin Gibbs Medal, American Society for Plant Biology, 2011
  • Honma Prize for Life Sciences, 1999


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