Sofia Beas, PhD

2021 K99/R00 Awardee
Photo of Sofia Beas, 2021 K99/R00 Awardee
National Institute of Mental Health
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sofia Beas is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory under the mentorship of Dr. Mario Penzo. With the assistance of a Minority Access to Research Career Fellowship, she completed her bachelor’s in science at the University of Texas at El Paso. She then earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Bizon and Dr. Barry Setlow. Her dissertation studies were funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. With the support of a Postdoctoral Associate Research Training Fellowship awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Science, one of her primary goals as a postdoctoral fellow has been to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying motivational and affective behaviors following homeostatic challenges. Her current research is now focused on investigating the contribution of genetically-defined thalamo-striatal pathways in mediating motivational drive.


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