Martin Picard, PhD

Martin Picard, PhD

Research Interest

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

2006 Alvin Shrier Physiology Scholarship, McGill University, Department of Physiology

2008 Masters Training Scholarship, Fonds de Recherche en Sante du Quebec

2008 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Masters Graduate Scholarship, NSERC

2009 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Doctoral Graduate Scholarship, NSERC

2009 McGill Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, 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), ACFAS

2012 Journal of Cell Science Traveling Fellowship, Journal of Cell Science (London)

2013 Young Investigator Colloquium Award, American Psychosomatic Society

2013 Albert Renold Travel Fellowship, European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (Stockolm)

2015 Fellow, Gray Matters at Columbia

2017 Research Fellow, Columbia University Aging Center

2017 Herbert Irving Scholar, Columbia Irving Institute

2019 Neal E Miller New Investigator Award (ABMR)

2019 NIH Rising Stars Lecture

2021 Early Career Impact Award:  Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS)

Rosenberg A, Rausser S, RenJ, MosharovE, OgdenRT, Patel P, SoniRK, LacefieldC, SturmG, Paus R, Picard M. Quantitative mapping of human hair graying and reversal in relation to life stress. BioRxiv:

Rausser S, Trumpff C, McGill MA, Wang W, Karan K, Mitchell A, Monk C, Segerstrom S, Reed R, Picard M. Mitochondrial phenotypes in purified human immune cell subtypes and cell mixtures. BioRxiv:

Karan KR, Trumpff C, McGill MA, Thomas  JE, Sturm G, LauriolaV, Sloan RP, Rohleder N, Kaufman BK, Marsland AL, Picard M. Mitochondrial respiratory chain function modulates LPS-induced inflammatory signatures in human blood. Brain Behav Immun Health 2020; 100080

Sturm G, Cardenas A,​ Bind MA,​ Horvath S, Wang S,​ Wang Y,​ Hägg S, Hirano M,​ Picard M. Human aging DNA methylation signatures are conserved but accelerated in cultured fibroblasts. Epigenetics 2019; 14(10):961-976  

Trumpff C, Marsland AL, Basualto C, Martin JL, Carroll JE, Sturm G, Gu Z, Vincent A, Kaufman BA, Picard M. Acute psychological stress increases serum circulating cell-free mitochondrial DNAPsychoneuroendocrinol 2019; 106:268-276

Picard M, Sandi C. The social nature of mitochondria: Implications for human health. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2021; 120(5):595-610  

Picard M, Trumpff C, Burelle Y. Mitochondrial psychobiology: Foundation and applicationsCurr Opin Behav Sci 2019; 28:142-151

Eisner V, Picard M, Hajnoczky G. Mitochondrial dynamics in adaptive and maladaptive cellular stress responsesNat Cell Biol 2018; 20(7):655-665

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 stressPNAS 2015; 112(48):E6614-23.

For a complete list of publications, please visit

  • Aging 
  • Cellular Signaling 
  • Clinical Mitochondrial Disease 
  • Epigenetics 
  • Mitochondrial Synapses and Network Behavior 
  • Mitochondrial Signaling and Behavior 
  • Mitochondrial Psychobiology 
  • Mitochondrial genetics mtDNA 
  • Network Science 
  • Stress Pathophysiology