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Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Director, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory


B.S. Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. University of Washington

Elena Chartoff is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory (NMBL) at McLean Hospital. She is also Director of Education and Training for the Basic Neuroscience Division at McLean.

Elena did her postdoctoral work in Dr. Bill Carlezon's lab at McLean, where she initiated studies on the molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying drug withdrawal-induced negative affective states. Elena established her independent research program, NMBL, in 2007, and has focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying opioid dependence and addictive-like behavior, with an emphasis on identifying sex differences in brain and behavior.

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