Marina Picciotto, PhD

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Office of Student Research

Pharmacology: Neuropharmacology | Secondary Faculty

Psychiatry: Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Molecular Psychiatry, Division of | Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science | Yale Translational Center to Develop Gender-Sensitive Treatment for Tobacco Dependence

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology: Neurobiology, Neural Networks and Neuropharmacology | Neuroscience: Behavioral and Systems; Cognitive/Learning and Memory; Drug Abuse; Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience; Neural Disorders; Neuropharmacology


Dr. Picciotto joined the Yale faculty in 1995, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean-Pierre Changeux in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University in New York City in 1992, where she worked in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience under Paul Greengard. She received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in 1985.

Dr. Picciotto serves on the Scientific Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is elected Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience. She was a Senior Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience from 2006-2012 and is currently Handling Editor of the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research and the Journal of Neurochemistry. She is a past member of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior NIH Study Section. In 2000 she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering by President Clinton and in 2007, she was honored with the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism by the Society for Neuroscience. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2012.

Education & Training

PhD Rockefeller University (1992)
BS Stanford University (1985)

Honors & Recognition

  • Elected AAAS FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)

  • Elected to Institute of Medicine (2012)

  • Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcohol ResearchThe Society for Neuroscience (2007)

  • Foster Bam Independent Investigator AwardNARSAD (2004)

  • Wiersma Visiting ProfessorCalifornia Institute of Technology (2004)

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and EngineersWhite House (2000)

  • Human Frontiers Science Foundation 10th Anniversary AwardHuman Frontiers Science Foundation (1999)

Professional Service

  • Associate Director - MD/PhD Program (2009 - 2015)

  • Member Executive Committee - Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (2002 - 2015)

  • Councilor National Institute on Drug Abuse (2011 - 2014)

  • Handling Editor Journal of Neurochemistry (2013 - 2016)

  • Handling Editor Psychopharmacology (2015 - 2018)

  • Behavioral/Cognitive/Systems The Journal of Neuroscience (2006 - 2012)

  • Handling Editor Nicotine & Tobacco Research (2006 - 2012)

  • Study Section Member NIH study section: Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior (2003 - 2007)

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Translational Neuroscience (2009 - 2015)

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Neurophysiology (2004 - 2009)

  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2000 - 2005)

  • Handling Editor Neuroscience Letters (2004 - 2008)

  • Councilor Society for Neuroscience (2010 - 2014)

  • Chair of Basic Science Committee Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2009 - 2012)

  • Program Committee Member (Chair 2009) Society for Neuroscience (2005 - 2010)

  • Treasurer Society for Neuroscience (2014 - 2015)

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Marina Picciotto, PhD
Mailing Address
34 Park Street
3rd floor research

New Haven, CT 06508