Dr. Picciotto is a world-class expert on the effects of nicotine on the brain. She and her colleagues use molecular, genetic and pharmacological approaches to link the biochemical, cellular and anatomical levels of investigation to complex behaviors, including addiction, depression, feeding and learning. Her primary interest is the role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in brain function and development. Dr. Picciotto is currently the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, Professor of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology, and Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering by President Clinton and the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism by the Society for Neuroscience.