Marina Picciotto is the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor in Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University, where she serves as deputy chair of psychiatry for Basic Science. Picciotto's research focuses on preclinical models of psychiatric illness, with a particular emphasis on the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in behaviors related to addiction, depression, learning and appetite.
Picciotto serves on the advisory board of the Society for Neuroscience as an elected councilor and is a member of the Scientific Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She and her laboratory have published more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and she has been a senior and reviewing editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, and a handling editor for Neuroscience Letters and the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
Picciotto's many awards include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, The Human Frontiers Science Program Organization 10th Anniversary Award and the Waletzky Prize for Research on Substance Abuse and the Brain or Nervous System. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Picciotto received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University and The Rockefeller University, respectively, and conducted postdoctoral work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.