Bio Profile

Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center

Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic

Associate Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program


Christopher Pittenger earned his MD and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, where his graduate work was done with Nobel Prize recipient Eric Kandel. He returned to Yale University - where he had done his undergraduate studies - for residency and research training in psychiatry in 2003. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2013.

During his Ph.D. studies in basic neurobiology, he became fascinated by the brain's ability...

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Luciana Frick, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Lina Li

Research Assistant, PittLab


Lina is currently working in the Pittenger Lab as a Research Assistant. Over the past twenty years she has previously worked in laboratories at the University of Michigan, Pfizer, and Yale University. She is the co-author of fourteen publications, and her skills lie in basic animal research, with a focus on molecular and cellular techniques.

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Maximiliano Rapanelli, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate in Psychiatry