RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Endocrinology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Physiology, Epigenetics
Annaliese Beery is a neurobiologist with a general interest in how experience and environment alter the biology and behavior of individuals. Her dissertation examines physiological mechanisms underlying the formation of social bonds in rodents, and how environmental factors contribute to variation in social behavior. Her work has particularly focused on the role of the hormone estrogen and the neuropeptide oxytocin in non-sexual social bonds between peers. Annaliese received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and conducted postdoctoral research as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at UCSF and UC Berkeley from 2008-10 before joining the Smith faculty in fall 2010.
Beery was an undergraduate at Caltech and Williams College, and spent six years as a software engineer and high school teacher between college and graduate school.