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Marina Picciotto, PhD

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology; Interim Director Division of Molecular Psychiatry, Psychiatry; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry; Deputy Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program, Yale Department of Psychiatry



Dr. Picciotto joined the Yale faculty in 1995, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with Jean-Pierre Changeux in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience 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 Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuroscience. She served on the Scientific Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 2010-2014, was Treasurer of the Society for Neuroscience from 2014-2015, and President of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco from 2018-2019. She has been a Handling Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of Neurochemistry and Neuroscience Letters. She is currently Chair of the MNPS NIH Study Section and is a past member of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior. 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 National Academy 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, where she was Chair of the Neuroscience Section from 2018-2019. In 2019, Dr. Picciotto was awarded the Bernice Grafstein Mentorship award from the Society for Neuroscience, the Marion Spencer Fay Award from Drexel University and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for Innovative Research.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Rockefeller University (1992)
  • BS
    Stanford University (1985)
  • ND
    Hunter College High School (1981)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Langley AwardSRNT2020
Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding MentorshipSociety for Neuroscience2019
Marion Spencer Fay Award2019
NIH Director's PioneerAward2019
Elected AAAS FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science2014
Elected to the National Academy of Medicine2012
Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcohol ResearchThe Society for Neuroscience2007
Foster Bam Independent Investigator AwardNARSAD2004
Wiersma Visiting ProfessorCalifornia Institute of Technology2004
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and EngineersWhite House2000
Human Frontiers Science Foundation 10th Anniversary AwardHuman Frontiers Science Foundation1999

Professional Service

NIH Study Section: Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling (MNPS)Chair2019 - 2020
Society for Research on Nicotine and TobaccoPresident2018 - 2019
The Journal of NeuroscienceEditor-in-Chief2015 - Present
PsychopharmacologyEditor2015 - 2018
Society for NeuroscienceBoard Member2014 - 2015
Journal of NeurochemistryEditor2013 - 2016
National Institute on Drug AbuseCouncil Member2011 - 2014
Society for NeuroscienceCouncil Member2010 - 2014
Associate Director - MD/PhD Program2009 - 2016
Journal of Translational NeuroscienceBoard Member2009 - 2015
Society for Research on Nicotine and TobaccoBoard Member2009 - 2012
The Journal of NeuroscienceBehavioral/Cognitive/Systems2006 - 2012
Nicotine & Tobacco Research2006 - 2016
Society for Neuroscience Program CommitteeChairperson2005 - 2010
Journal of NeurophysiologyBoard Member2004 - 2009
Neuroscience LettersEditor2004 - 2008
NIH study section: Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior (NMB)Member2003 - 2007
Executive Committee - Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program2002 - 2016
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental TherapeuticsBoard Member2000 - 2005

Departments & Organizations