Marina Picciotto

Marina Picciotto is the Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry; Deputy Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. She joined the Yale faculty in 1995, after completing a postdoc at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University. She has also received numerous prizes, including the recently awarded Bernice Grafstein Mentorship award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Marion Spencer Fay Award from Drexel University and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for Innovative Research. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Her lab aims to understand the role of single molecules in complex behaviors related to addiction, depression, feeding and learning. Of primary interest is the role of acetylcholine and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in brain function and development, as well as sex differences in molecular and circuit-level signaling relevant for behavior. Her lab also studies signaling molecules downstream of nicotinic receptors which mediate long-term changes in behavior downstream of these receptors. More info: