Marina Piciotto, Ph.D.

Marina Piciotto, Ph.D.


Professor and Deputy Chair for Basic Research
Charles B.G. Murphy Chair in Psychiatry
Professor of Neurobiology and Pharmacology
Yale University School of Medicine

Marina Picciotto is Charles B.G. Murphy Professor and Deputy Chair for Basic Science in Psychiatry at Yale University. She is also Professor of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and in the Child Study Center. Her research focuses on defining molecular mechanisms underlying behaviors related to psychiatric illness, with a focus on the function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain. Her laboratory uses molecular genetic strategies to identify the role of individual molecules in behaviors related to depression, addiction, cognitive function and food intake. Dr. Picciotto received her B.S. from Stanford and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University where she worked with Dr. Paul Greengard. She conducted postdoctoral work with Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux at the Pasteur Institute before joining the faculty at Yale University.

Dr. Picciotto is Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience, interim Editor in Chief of the Journal of Neuroscience, and serves as handling editor or on the editorial board of several journals. She is a fellow of AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1996, Independent Investigator 2004