Martin Picard, PhD

Departments And Divisions

  • Department of Psychiatry
    Division of Behavioral Medicine
  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative (CTNI)
  • Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine (in Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • CTNI Scholar
Martin Picard, <span>PhD</span>

    Education & Training

  • PhD, 2012 Mitochondrial biology of aging, McGill University
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania

Lab Locations

  • NYSPI-Kolb Research Building

    40 Haven Avenue
    4th floor, Room 405
    New York, NY 10032
    Lab Phone:
    (646) 774-5026
  • Presbyterian Hospital Building (PH)

    622 West 168th Street
    PH 1540 N
    New York, NY 10032
    (646) 774-8967

Contact Info

Honors & Awards

2006 Dean's Honour List (2005-2006), McGill University
2006 Principal’s Student-Athlete Honour Roll (2004-2006), McGill University
2006 Alvin Shrier Physiology Scholarship, McGill University, Department of Physiology
2007 Undergraduate Summer Research Award, National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC)
2008 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Masters Graduate Scholarship, NSERC
2008 Masters Training Scholarship, Fonds de Recherche en Sante du Quebec
2009 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Doctoral Graduate Scholarship, NSERC
2009 McGill Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, McGill University
2009 Master’s Research Excellence Award, McGill University
2009 Tomlinson Doctoral Fellowship (declined), McGill University
2011 EGSS Doctoral Award for Research and Professional Excellence, McGill University
2011 Age+ Prize, Canadian Institute of Health Research
2011 David L. Montgomery Award for Leadership and Excellence, McGill University
2011 Prix Acfas Desjardins 2011 (Doctoral, All disciplines), Association Francophone Pour le Savoir
2012 Journal of Cell Science Traveling Fellowship, Journal of Cell Science (London)
2012 Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, NSERC
2013 Caroline Tum Suden Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society
2013 Young Investigator Colloquium Award, American Psychosomatic Society
2013 Albert Renold Travel Fellowship, European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (Stockolm)

Research Interests

  • Mitochondrial genetics (mtDNA)
  • Cellular Signaling
  • Mitochondrial Synapses and Network Behavior
  • Stress Pathophysiology
  • Epigenetics
  • Systems Biology
  • Clinical Mitochondrial Disease


Vincent AE, Ng YS, White K, Davey T, Mannella C, Falkous G, Feeney C, Schaefer AM, McFarland R, Gorman GS, Taylor RW, Turnbull DM, Picard M. The spectrum of mitochondrial ultrastructural defects in mitochondrial myopathy. Sci Rep 2016; 6:30610.

Picard M, Wallace DC, Burelle Y. The rise of mitochondria in medicine. Mitochondrion 2016; 30:105-16.

Picard M, McManus MJ, Csordas G, Varnai P, Dorn GW, Williams D, Hajnoczky G, Wallace DC. Inter-mitochondrial coordination of cristae at regulated membrane junctions. Nat Commun 2015; 6:6259.

Picard M. Mitochondrial synapses: Intracellular communication and signal integration. Trends Neurosci 2015; 38(8):468-474.

Picard M, McManus MJ, Gray J, Nasca C, Moffat C, Kopinsky P, Seifert E, McEwen BS, Wallace DC. Mitochondrial functions modulate neuroendocrine, metabolic, inflammatory and transcriptional responses to psychological stress. PNAS 2015; 112(48):E6614-23.

Picard M, Zhang J, Hanecock S, Derbeneva O, Golhar R, Golik P, O’Hearn S, Levy SE, Potluri P, Lvova M, Davila A, Lin CS, Perin JC, Rappaport EF, Hakonarson H, Trounce I, Procaccio V, Wallace DC. Progressive increase in mtDNA 3243A>G heteroplasmy results in abrupt transcriptional remodeling. PNAS 2014; 111(38):E4033;4042.

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