Dr. Beier received a UCI Conte Center Seed grant to identify the neural circuits which mediate increased susceptibility to opiate addiction in individuals who experienced early-life adversity: https://contecenter.uci.edu/seed-grant-winners/

Dr. Beier was awarded the NIH New Innovator Award for the project: Sculpting the Brain: High-Resolution Spatiotemporally-Controlled Modulation of Memories. https://commonfund.nih.gov/newinnovator/awardrecipients

Dr. Beier was awarded the One Mind Rising Stars Award to investigate the neural circuits involved in the development of depression: https://onemind.org/rising-star-awards/

Dr. Beier received a grant from American Parkinson’s Disease Association to study circuit-level pathology caused by dopamine depletion: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/research/investigators/kevin_beier/

Dr. Beier received a Freedman Prize Honorable Mention for a project to develop molecular technologies to modulate synaptic plasticity: https://www.bbrfoundation.org/content/brain-behavior-research-foundation-honors-six-mental-health-researchers

Dr. Beier was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association’s New to the Field Award

Dr. Beier won the New Vision Award for a project investigating neural circuit changes involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: https://newvisionresearch.org/ccad2020


Dr. Beier was awarded the Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program High Impact Pilot Award and the New Investigator Award

Welcome to Alysa Phillips, who has joined the lab as a new graduate student!

Congratulations to May on being awarded the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program predoctoral fellowship! This Fellowship will provide three years of support for May’s investigation of the factors driving nicotine addiction.

Did you know? Nearly 70% of tobacco users want to quit, but 90% of those who try fail! May’s work will help us understand why this is.

Congratulations to Desiree on being awarded the Inclusive Excellence Ambassador’s Fellowship, which will support her work mentoring incoming graduate students!

Congratulations to Lizzy on her receipt of the CNLM Jared M. Roberts Memorial Graduate Student Award! This award will fund Lizzy’s travel to the annual Winter Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Meeting at Park City, UT, where she will present her research investigating how neural plasticity induced by opioid withdrawal contributes to relapse. 

March 2020

Pieter Derdeyn joined the lab. Welcome Pieter!

Congratulations to Ladan, who was invited to present her Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project investigating long-term memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Spotlight! We are so proud of your hard work this year and excited to see you pursue your future goals!


May’s beautiful pumpkin cake won the Best Tasting award at the Center for the Neuroscience of Learning and Memory Friendsgiving potluck!