Ralph Joseph DiLeone PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and DevelopmentInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiology: Kavli Institute for NeurosciencePsychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center; Molecular Psychiatry, Division of; Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program; DiLeone Lab

Research Interests

Addictions; Animal Behavior; Ethology; Animal Nutrition; Diseases and Disorders; Drug Abuse; Eating Disorders; Etiology; Evolution; Genetic Manipulation; Natural History; Obesity; Psychiatry


  • B.A., Skidmore College , 1992
  • Ph.D., Stanford University , 1998

Selected Publication

  • Land BB, Narayanan NS, Liu R-J, Gianessi CA, Brayton CE, Grimaldi DM, Sarhan M, Guarnieri DJ, Deisseroth K, Aghajanian GK, and RJ DiLeone (2014). Medial prefrontal D1 dopamine neurons control food intake. Nature Neuroscience, 17(2):248-53.