Sarai Santos

Graduate Student

I finished my BS in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Neuroscience at UC San Diego in the winter of 2021. A few weeks after finishing up my last classes, I was accepted into the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program here at UC Irvine. I officially joined the Beier lab about one year later in the winter of 2022. I am most interested in the field of addiction neuroscience, specifically the neural circuits underlying addiction. I use nicotine self-administration as a model to hopefully gain insight as to how nicotine cessation aids can be improved to blunt reinstatement more efficiently. Outside of the lab, I enjoy taking photos on my film camera, consuming anything and everything true crime, playing dungeons and dragons with friends, and even ice skating when I get the chance.