This award will fund Desiree’s travel to the annual Winter Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Meeting at Park City, UT. 

Aly won a UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation fellowship! So happy to see her efforts be rewarded, she’s been doing an amazing job leading our undergraduate lab seminar/discussion course (informally called B-lab 101, now 102). Congrats Aly!!

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:

November 2019: Dr. Beier was awarded the NIH New Innovator Award for the project: Sculpting the Brain: High-Resolution Spatiotemporally-Controlled Modulation of Memories.

September 2020: Dr. Beier was awarded the One Mind Rising Stars Award to investigate the neural circuits involved in the development of depression:

September 2020: Dr. Beier received a grant from American Parkinson’s Disease Association to study circuit-level pathology caused by dopamine depletion:

July 2020: Dr. Beier received a Freedman Prize Honorable Mention for a project to develop molecular technologies to modulate synaptic plasticity:

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:


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