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

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Neurobiology: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Pharmacology: Neuropharmacology

Child Study Center

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

Research Interests

Neuroscience; Molecular basis of behavior; Intracellular signaling; Mouse genetic models  more...


  • B.S., Stanford University, 1985
  • Ph.D., Rockefeller University, 1992

Selected Publications

  • Horst, N.K., Heath, C.J., Neugebauer, N.M., Kimchi, E.Y., Laubach, M. and Picciotto, M.R. (2012) Impaired auditory discrimination following perinatal nicotine exposure or ß2 nAChR subunit deletion, Behavioural Brain Research, 231(1):170-80.
  • Mineur, Y.S., Abizaid, A., Rao, Y., Salas, R., DiLeone, R.J., Gündisch, D., Diano, S., De Biasi, M., Horvath, T.L., Gao, X.-B. and Picciotto, M.R. (2011) Nicotine decreases food intake through activation of POMC neurons, Science, 332(6035): 1330-2.
  • Lori, A., Tang, Y., O’Malley, S., Picciotto, M.R., Wu, R. and Cubells, J.F. (2011) The galanin receptor 1 (GalR1) gene associates with tobacco craving in smokers seeking cessation treatment, Neuropsychopharmacology, 36(7):1412-20.



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