Elizabeth M. Burnette

Neuroscience PhD Student & Science Communicator

About Me

I am a neuroscientist and science communicator with a broad interest in clinical neuroscience.

As of Fall 2018, I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA in the Addictions Lab, mentored by Dr. Lara Ray. For my work in substance use and specifically Alcohol Use Disorder, I use human functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) methods to study addiction neurobiology in clinical populations. I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke in 2018, with minors in Music and Mandarin Chinese.

Outside of academia, I am a content producer and contributing editor at Knowing Neurons. I produce and host a podcast, write and edit science articles, and create interactive quizzes for this neuroscience educational outreach website.

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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.