2014-Present                  Doctor of Philosophy - Neuroscience

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California, Berkeley
Advisor: Dr. Stephan Lammel

2010-2014                       Bachelor of Science - Biology and Psychology double major

Neuroscience and Behavior emphasis
University of Oregon
Summa Cum Laude



2015-Present                 Elucidating the neural circuitry underlying nicotine-related behaviors

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephan Lammel
University of California, Berkeley

2011-2014                      Optogenetic inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing interneurons in auditory cortex
                                       Modulation of auditory responses by behavioral state in mouse auditory cortex

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael S. Wehr
University of Oregon

Summer 2013                Investigating Niemann-Pick Type C disease with Drosophila melanogaster

Principal Investigator: Dr. Matthew Scott
Stanford University 


de Jong, J.W., Afjei, S.A., Dorocic, I.P., Peck, J.R., Liu, C., Kim, C.K., Tian, L., Deisseroth, K., & Lammel, S. (2019) A Neural Circuit
Mechanism for Encoding Aversive Stimuli in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System. Neuron. 101 (1), 133-151.

Yammine, S.Z., Liu, C., Jarreau, P.B., & Coe, I.R. (2018). Social media for social change in science. Science. 360 (6385), 162-163.

Weible, A. P., Liu, C., Niell, C., & Wehr, M. (2014). Auditory cortex is required for fear potentiation of gap detection.  
              J Neurosci. 12;34(46):15437-45.
Weible, A. P., Moore, A. K., Liu, C., DeBlander, L., Wu, H., Kentros, C., & Wehr, M. (2014). Perceptual gap detection
              is mediated by gap termination responses in auditory cortex. Current Biology : CB, 24(13), 1447–55.

Honors & Awards

2016       New England Biolabs Passion in Science
2014       Phi Beta Kappa
2014       Dean's Service Award
2013         Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention
2012         Mortar Board Junior Scholar
2012         Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Travel Award
2011          Sony Scholars Award

Fellowships and Scholarships

2017        HHMI Gilliam Fellowship
2016        Search for Hidden Figures Runner-up
2015        National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)
2013        Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (HHMI ExROP)
2013        Henry V. Howe Scholarship
2013       University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2012        NICHD R25 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research
2012       Mary J. Alden Scholarship
2012        Great Lakes Scholarship

Teaching Experience and Academic Service

2017-18     Mentor, ScholarMatch High School Mentorship Program
2015-18     Member, HWNI Climate Committee
2017           Mentor, NYAS NextScholars Undergraduate Mentorship Program   
Co-founder & organizer, HWNI graduate student mentorship program
2017           Lab Mentor, AMGEN Summer Research Program
2017           Graduate Student Instructor, MCB 165 Neurobiology of Disease
2015           Graduate Student Instructor, MCB C62 Drugs and the Brain
2015         Classroom Volunteer, Frontiers in Neuroscience for Kids
2015         Classroom Volunteer, Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)
2013-14    Mentor, ACCESS College Foundation, Springfield High School
2012-14    Voting Member, Student Health Advisory Committee
2010-14    Visitor Services Representative, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
2013            Instructor, Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE), Eugene, OR
2013            Freshman Interest Group Teaching Assistant, Psychology of War
2012-13     Residential Freshman Interest Group Teaching Assistant, Music and the Beast
2011-12      Resident Assistant


2019 Invited Speaker: National Science Policy Network Symposium Flash Talks, Madison, WI
Invited Panelist: Politics, Solidarity Activism, and Science, BioCaptivate, Emeryville, CA
Invited Speaker: Women in STEM Breakout Session, OWN IT Summit, UC Berkeley, CA
Invited Panelist: "Meeting People Where they Are", Inclusive Scicomm Conference, University of Rhode Island
2018           Invited Panelist: HHMI ExROP Conference, HHMI Headquarters, Chevy Chase, MD
2018           Invited Speaker: Metas Career Day, Contra Costa College, CA
2017           Invited Panelist: "Beyond the Echo Chamber", March for Science San Francisco
2016           Invited Panelist: University of San Francisco PsiChi Graduate Panel