Bing Ye has a broad background in neuroscience, physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics and computation. As a master's student, he used electrophysiological and histological approaches to study synaptic transmission in fish retina. As a Ph.D. student, he studied molecular mechanisms that underlie glutamate receptor trafficking in synaptic plasticity and received extensive training in neuronal cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and mouse genetics. As a postdoctoral fellow, he combined the strength of Drosophila genetics and mammalian neuronal cultures to study the cell and developmental biology of neurons. 

Ye's lab now studies how neuronal development contributes to the assembly and function of the nervous system and how defects in this process lead to brain disorders. They take a broad, multi-disciplinary approach that include genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, advanced imaging, electrophysiology, computation and behavioral studies.

Ye is committed to training future scientists; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; and providing safe and supportive research environments. He has mentored many people, ranging from middle school students to junior faculty. He volunteers to teach science to kids, including those in economically challenged areas around Ann Arbor. He also served as the co-chair of a graduate program and is currently the director of the LSI's Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

Office: Room 5403
Life Sciences Institute
Mary Sue Coleman Hall
210 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2216

Research Areas

  • neuronal development
  • neural plasticity
  • neurodevelopmental diseases
  • molecular tools
  • computational tools
  • Drosophila and mice
  • B.S., Physiology, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • M.S., Neurobiology, Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
    Mentor: Xiong-Li Yang
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Mentor: Richard L. Huganir
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California San Francisco
    Mentor: Yuh-Nung Jan
  • Presley-Zeiss Postdoctoral Fellow Award, American Association of Anatomists (2005)
  • National Institutes of Health K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2006)
  • Anuradha Rao Memorial Award, Neuron, Cell Press (2006)
  • University of Michigan Biological Sciences Scholar (2008)
  • Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, the Pew Charitable Trusts (2010)
  • Klingenstein Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences (declined due to Pew Scholars Award) (2010)
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and the Kavli Foundation (2012)
  • Burton L. Baker Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences, University of Michigan (2015)
  • Klatskin-Sutker Discovery Fund Award (2018)
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2021)
  • Outreach Award, U-M Life Sciences Institute (2021)