Irina Esterlis PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Diagnostic Radiology; Director, Molecular Imaging Program, NCPTSD, VA

Departments & Organizations

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Office of Student ResearchDiagnostic Radiology: Positron Emission Tomography | Psychiatry: Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY); Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of; VA National Center for PTSD

Research Interests

Neuroreceptor imaging; Mood disorders; Tobacco addiction more...


  • B.A., SUNY Buffalo, 1999
  • M.A., University of Connecticut, 2003
  • Ph.D. Clin, University of Connecticut, 2005

Selected Publications

  • In Vivo Ketamine-Induced Changes in [11C]ABP688 Binding to Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Subtype 5. DeLorenzo C, DellaGioia N, Bloch M, Sanacora G, Nabulsi N, Abdallah C, Yang J, Wen R, Mann JJ, Krystal JH, Parsey RV, Carson RE, Esterlis I. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Jul 10. pii: S0006-3223(14)00501-0. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.06.024.
  • In vivo evidence for ß2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit upregulation in smokers as compared with nonsmokers with schizophrenia. Esterlis I, Ranganathan M, Bois F, Pittman B, Picciotto MR, Shearer L, Anticevic A, Carlson J, Niciu MJ, Cosgrove KP, D'Souza DC. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Sep 15;76(6):495-502. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.11.001. Epub 2013 Nov 13.



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