Dr. Alexia Williams, PhD

Philadelphia, PA

How does this work?

I am a translational neuroscientist interested in bridging biological and clinical research to discover new treatment options for psychiatric illnesses. I have 10+ years of training in biology and neuroscience, and am highly specialized in the neurobiology of mental illness. I am passionate about precision medicine and science communication.

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Anxiety Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Substance use disorder
Mood disorders
Opioid receptor system
Diversity & Inclusion
In-vivo Behavioral Pharmacology
Molecular Biology
Stress Biology
Translational Neuroscience
Mental Health
Work experience

Jan 2020 - Present

Temple University

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a behavioral and molecular neuroscientist who studies how stressful experiences alter the brain. The goal of my work is to understand how psychiatric illnesses develop and to identify molecular markers that may show promise for drug discovery and precision medicine.


Jul 2020 - Dec 2020

University of California Davis

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

Worked as a consultant for developing various fellowships and other initiatives for supporting BIPOC scholars at the graduate and undergraduate level. Notably: designed and implemented our now-annual “Diversity Tea,” a recruitment event for prospective students to learn about DEI initiatives on campus and within our department.


Jul 2015 - Dec 2020

University of California Davis

Graduate Student Researcher

My research focused on the effects of chronic stress on the brain at molecular and genomic levels, and the maladpative behavioral consequences of these biological changes. My work resulted in an NIH R01 supplemental award, 4 first-author publications, and several presentations and collaborative projects.


2015 - 2020

University of California Davis

PhD, Biological Psychology

My research focused on identifying novel molecular markers of depression using a combination of functional genomics, molecular biology, and behavioral neuroscience.

2015 - 2017

University of California Davis

M.S., Biological Psychology

2011 - 2015

University of Massachusetts Boston

B.S., Biology

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