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Yasmin Zakiniaeiz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Yasmin Zakiniaeiz, PhD


Dr. Zakiniaeiz’s work broadly focuses on investigating the neural and molecular circuitry underlying several types of addictions and at-risk populations, such as alcohol use disorder, tobacco smoking, prenatally cocaine-exposed adolescents, and gambling disorder, using two neuroimaging techniques – functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). Her work also emphasizes the importance of sex as a biological variable in the study of addiction.

Education & Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Yale University, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging (2020)
  • PhD
    Yale University, Neuroscience (2018)
  • BA
    Hunter College, Biology and Psychology (2013)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Travel Fellowship AwardSociety of Biological Psychiatry2024
Young Investigator Memorial Travel AwardAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology2022
Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2021
Junior Investigator AwardResearch Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2021
NIDA Director’s Travel AwardCollege on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2019
Primm Singleton Minority Travel AwardCollege on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2018
NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Junior Investigator Travel Award College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2018
Early Career Investigators Travel AwardCollege on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2017
Young Investigator Award for Best AbstractInternational Symposium on Functional NeuroReceptor Mapping of the Living Brain2016
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipNational Science Foundation (NSF)2014

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