Elizabeth M. Burnette

Clinical Neuroscience PhD Student & Science Communicator

About Me

I am a clinical neuroscientist and science communicator with a broad interest in clinical research, particularly focused on substance use.

As of Fall 2018, I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UCLA in the Addictions Lab, mentored by Dr. Lara Ray. For my work in Substance / Alcohol Use Disorder, I conduct clinical research using functional neuroimaging (fMRI), psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral economics, and quantitative methods to study addiction neurobiology and behavior. I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University in 2018, with minors in Music and Mandarin Chinese.

Outside of academia, I am a freelance science writer, editor, and content producer. I produce and host a podcast, write, and edit science articles featured on Knowing Neurons, Massive Science, and more.

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I was awarded an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral fellowship (NRSA / F31) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for a study on neuroinflammation and how it modulates reward sensitivity and negative mood in alcohol use disorder.