Dr. Yingxi Lin joined UT Southwestern in December 2023. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Chief of the Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Division. She is also a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and an Investigator in the O’Donnell Brain Institute. Originally from China, Dr. Lin studied Engineering Physics at Tsinghua University and received her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. She conducted her postdoctoral research under Dr. Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School. She was Assistant Professor (2009-2015) and Associate Professor (2015-2018) at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to her current role, she was Full Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Lin’s research focuses on uncovering molecular and circuit mechanisms in neurodevelopment, memory formation, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Employing a broad array of multi-disciplinary experimental techniques, work in her lab spans analyses from the genomic and molecular level to synapse, circuit, and whole animal behavioral levels.


Graduate School
Harvard University (1999), Physics

Research Interest

  • Excitatory and inhibitory balance within neural circuits
  • Mechanisms of learning and memory
  • Neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Neurogenetic tool development


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Honors & Awards

  • Deans Award for Scientific Excellence
    SUNY Upstate Medical University (2019)
  • NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant
  • Paul and Lilah Newton Brain Science Award
  • Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Fay/Frank Seed Grant Award
    Brain Research Foundation (2013)
  • Fred and Carole Middleton Career Development Professorship
  • John Merck Scholar Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (2016)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2008)