Pietro Sanna, MD

Department of Immunology and Microbiology
California Campus


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

Professional Experience

2017-2018 Associate Professor (tenured), Immunology and Microbiology, Scripps Research
2013-2017 Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (MCN), Scripps Research
1987-2012 Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences (MIND), Scripps Research

Selected References

All Publications

Tsunemoto, R., Lee, S., Sztics, A., Chubukov, P., Sokolova, I., Blanchard, J. W., Eadel, K. T., Bruggemann, J., Wu, C. L., Torkamani, A., Sanna, P. P., Baldwin, K. K. Diverse reprogramming codes for neuronal identity. (2018). Nature, 557(7705), 375-380.

Sanna, P. P., Repunte-Canonigo, V., Masliah, E. & Lefebvre, C. Gene expression patterns associated with neurological disease in human HIV infection. (2017). PLoS One, 12. PMCID: PMC5405951.

Chen, J., Kawamura, T., Sethi, M. K., Zaia, J., Repunte-Canonigo, V. & Sanna, P. P. Heparan sulfate: resilience factor and therapeutic target for cocaine abuse. (2017). Scientific Reports, 7. PMCID: PMC5654972.

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.

Francesconi, W., Szucs, A., Berton, F., Koob, G. F., Vendruscolo, L. F. & Sanna, P. P. Opiate dependence induces cell type-specific plasticity of intrinsic membrane properties in the rat juxtacapsular bed nucleus of stria terminalis (jcBNST). (2017). Psychopharmacology, 234(23-24), 3485-3498.

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.