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 PhysiologyInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiology: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience | Pharmacology: NeuropharmacologyChild 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; Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science


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.


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

Selected Publication

  • Taylor, S.R., Badurek, S., Dileone, R.J., Nashmi, R., Minichiello, L. and Picciotto, M.R. GABAergic and glutamatergic efferents of the mouse ventral tegmental area. (2014) J Comp Neurol, 522(14):3308-34. PMC4107038

Latest Honor and Recognition

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