Marina Picciotto, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

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

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience


Office of Student Research

Secondary Faculty

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 is currently Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience. She served on the Scientific Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 2010-2014, was Senior Editor of the Journal of Neuroscience from 2006-2012 and is currently acting Editor in Chief, as well as 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 and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014.

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

  • Acting Editor-in-Chief The Journal of Neuroscience (2015)

  • Handling Editor Psychopharmacology (2015 - 2018)

  • Treasurer Society for Neuroscience (2014 - 2015)

  • Handling Editor Journal of Neurochemistry (2013 - 2016)

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

  • Councilor Society for Neuroscience (2010 - 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Handling Editor Neuroscience Letters (2004 - 2008)

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

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

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

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

New Haven, CT 06508