Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, has been appointed director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (INP), the largest doctoral program in the biological and biomedical sciences at Yale.
As director, Picciotto will oversee administrative activities, engage faculty in the program, and provide mentorship for students across all years of the program.
Picciotto is deputy director of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. She has been a longstanding member of the INP, joining the program faculty upon her arrival at Yale in 1995 as an assistant professor of psychiatry, and teaching Principles of Neuroscience from 1998-2011.
She is also a leader in the national and international neuroscience community, serving as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience until this year, and now president-elect of the 35,000 member Society for Neuroscience.
INP describes itself as a "department without walls," with the primary purpose to provide students with a maximum of diversity and depth in the most important areas of neuroscience research.
The training program draws on the knowledge and expertise of more than 100 faculty members, representing 20+ departments in both the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine, ranging from psychiatry to pharmacology, from cell biology to computer science.