Sofia Beas, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Beas grew up in El Paso, TX. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Texas at El Paso.

She attained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida in 2015, where she used rodent models to study age-related cognitive decline.

Dr. Beas then joined the National Institute of Mental Health as a postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of the Neurobiology of Affective Memory. Her postdoctoral work focused on investigating the cellular and circuit mechanisms by which exteroceptive and interoceptive signals affect PVT neurocircuitry and drive adaptive behavior.

Currently, Dr. Beas is an Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Hobbies: Artisanal Chocolates, Coffee, Non-Fiction books, Learning new things, Thinking about life's big questions


Sarah Trammell

Lab Manager

Email : sstramme@uab.edu


Garrett Dyess

Lab Technician

Garrett recently finished his undergraduate degree at William Carey University, where he studied Social Science and Chemistry. After finishing college and taking the MCAT, he was accepted into the University of South Alabama for medical school. He plans to work in the lab until medical school begins and learn as much as possible about neurobiology, the techniques used to collect neural information, and data analysis.

Hobbies: he enjoys watching movies, playing pickleball, and spending time with other humans - but also his dog (emphasis on his dog).



Postdoctoral Fellows


Carine Lampert, Ph.D. - Joining soon.


Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students


Lauren Assaf

Lauren grew up in Madison, Alabama. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. After finishing her undergrad, she aspires to attend medical school and specialize in surgery.

Hobbies: she enjoys playing the flute, and piano, as well as lacrosse, reading, and listening to podcasts.



Morris Jackson

Morris Jackson is an undergraduate student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in psychology and philosophy.

Hobbies: He is interested in the philosophy of mind, the meaning of life, spirituality, and the natural world.