Athina Markou is a Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, and an Adjunct Professor at the Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences Department of The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif, USA. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of California San Diego. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor (1994–2006) at The Scripps Research Institute, before joining the University of California San Diego in 2006. Dr. Markou has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journals articles and 25 book chapters. Her work focuses on the neurobiology of nicotine and cocaine dependence, and affective, motivational, and cognitive processes altered in psychiatric disorders, such as depression and schizophrenia. She is a Senior Editor of Neuropharmacology, and on the Editorial Boards of Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, The American Journal on Addictions, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, and Depression Research and Treatment. She was the Guest Editor for a special issue of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews on Animal Models of Depression and Antidepressant Activity. In 2004, she received the Effron Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). She is PI of several grants from NIDA and NIMH. She has served on several committees and task forces of scientific societies and professional organizations, and as a Grant Reviewer for NIH study sections. She has also been invited to consult with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, NIMH, NIDA, and various pharmaceutical companies. Finally, she has been invited to present her work in several national and international meetings and universities throughout the world and has trained many postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
Biography Updated on 12 July 2009