The Team

The Cummings lab is eager to welcome prospective members with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.
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Kirstie A Cummings, PhD

Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Email: kac3 [at] uab.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Cummings received a BA in Music and a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology from SUNY Binghamton University in 2011. She then earned her PhD in ion channel biophysics in the Department of Biochemistry at SUNY University at Buffalo. After graduating in 2016, she pursued her postdoctoral training in systems neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Cummings joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2022. Outside of the lab, Dr. Cummings enjoys listening to and playing music, baking, and playing with her dogs.

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Rodrigo Campos-Cardoso, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pronouns: he/him/his

Email: coming soon!

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Dr. Campos-Cardoso received his degree as a Biologist at the Federal University of Viçosa in 2015. After that, he completed his master's (2018) and PhD in Neurosciences (2022) at the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto. Rodrigo has been interested in the effects of the HPA-axis responses on memory and behavior in adolescent and adult rodents. Dr. Campos-Cardoso is joining The Cummings Lab in September of 2022. In his spare time, Rodrigo enjoys gardening and cooking for his friends.

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Zephyr Desa, BS

Associate Researcher

Pronouns: He/him/his

Email: coming soon!

Zephyr will receive his BS in biology and psychology in May of 2022 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will join the lab as an associate researcher and is interested in synaptic plasticity and fear conditioning. After working in the lab and gaining experience with new techniques, he plans to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. Outside of the lab Zephyr loves to camp, hike, rock climb, and play drums.

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This could be you!

PhD student

We are recruiting PhD students! Prospective PhD rotation students should contact Dr. Cummings with a description of their research interests. Looking forward to meeting you!