Katrina Lee Bartas joins us as a graduate student from MCSB! Welcome Katrina!!

Congratulations to lab superstar Pieter for winning a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award in the Life Sciences – Artificial Intelligence group! The prestigious award will provide three years of funding for Pieter’s exciting work. 🙂 We’re proud of you!!

Lizzy’s poster presentation at the 8th annual Conte Center Symposium won a poster award! Drinks on Lizzy!!!

Kevin won third place during the Kahoot game at the annual Physiology and Biophysics holiday party!


February 2020: 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/

November 2019: 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

September 2020: 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/

September 2020: 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/

July 2020: 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

April 2020: Dr. Beier was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association’s New to the Field Award

March 2020: 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

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.