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Pietro Sanna, M.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Immunology and Microbiology
California Campus
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(858) 784-7180


Istituto De Merode, Il Collegio San Giuseppe (College of St. Joseph, Rome)
M.D., Universitá Cattolica (Roma)

Professional Experience

2013-2017 Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (MCN), The Scripps Research Institute
1987-2012 Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences (MIND), The Scripps Research Institute

Selected References

All Publications

Boland, M. J., Nazor, K. L., Tran, H. T., Szucs, A., Lynch, C. L., Paredes, R., Tassone, F., Sanna, P. P., Hagerman, R. J. & Loring, J. F. Molecular analyses of neurogenic defects in a human pluripotent stem cell model of fragile X syndrome. (2017). Brain, 140, 582.

Wang, M., Li, D., Yun, D., Zhuang, Y., Repunte-Canonigo, V., Sanna, P. P. & Behnisch, T. Translation of BDNF-gene transcripts with short 3 ' UTR in hippocampal CA1 neurons improves memory formation and enhances synaptic plasticity-relevant signaling pathways. (2017). Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 138, 121.

Sanna, P. P., Kawamura, T., Chen, J., Koob, G. F., Roberts, A. J., Vendruscolo, L. F. & Repunte-Canonigo, V. 11╬▓-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase inhibition as a new potential therapeutic target for alcohol abuse. (2016). Translational Psychiatry, 6. PMCID: PMC4872439.

Farris, S. P., Pietrzykowski, A. Z., Miles, M. F., O'Brien, M. A., Sanna, P. P., Zakhari, S., Mayfield, R. D. & Harris, R. A. Applying the new genomics to alcohol dependence. (2015). Alcohol, 49(8), 825-836. PMCID: PMC4586299.

Vendruscolo, L. F., Estey, D., Goodell, V., Macshane, L. G., Logrip, M. L., Schlosburg, J. E., McGinn, M. A., Zamora-Martinez, E. R., Belanoff, J. K., Hunt, H. J., Sanna, P. P., George, O., et al. Glucocorticoid receptor antagonism decreases alcohol seeking in alcohol-dependent individuals. (2015). Journal of Clinical Investigation, 125(8), 3193-3197.

Repunte-Canonigo, V., Herman, M. A., Kawamura, T., Kranzler, H. R., Sherva, R., Gelernter, J., Farrer, L. A., Roberto, M. & Sanna, P. P. Nf1 regulates alcohol dependence-associated excessive drinking and gamma-aminobutyric acid release in the central amygdala in mice and is associated with alcohol dependence in humans. (2015). Biological Psychiatry, 77(10), 870-879. PMCID: PMC4428692.

Blanchard, J. W., Eade, K. T., Szucs, A., Lo Sardo, V., Tsunemoto, R. K., Williams, D., Sanna, P. P. & Baldwin, K. K. Selective conversion of fibroblasts into peripheral sensory neurons. (2015). Nature Neuroscience, 18(1), 25-35. PMCID: PMC4466122.

Repunte-Canonigo, V., Lefebvre, C., George, O., Kawamura, T., Morales, M., Koob, G. F., Califano, A., Masliah, E. & Sanna, P. P. Gene expression changes consistent with neuroAIDS and impaired working memory in HIV-1 transgenic rats. (2014). Molecular Neurodegeneration, 9, 26. PMCID: PMC4107468.

Repunte-Canonigo, V., Chen, J., Lefebvre, C., Kawamura, T., Kreifeldt, M., Basson, O., Roberts, A. J. & Sanna, P. P. MeCP2 regulates ethanol sensitivity and intake. (2014). Addiction Biology, 19(5), 791-799. PMCID: PMC3692583.

Grieder, T. E., Herman, M. A., Contet, C., Tan, L. A., Vargas-Perez, H., Cohen, A., Chwalek, M., Maal-Bared, G., Freiling, J., Schlosburg, J. E., Clarke, L., Crawford, E., et al. VTA CRF neurons mediate the aversive effects of nicotine withdrawal and promote intake escalation. (2014). Nature Neuroscience, 17(12), 1751-1758. PMCID: PMC4241147.