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Piomelli Lab

Piomelli Lab

Daniele Piomelli, PhD

Louise Turner Arnold Chair in the Neurosciences
Professor of Anatomy
Professor of Biological Chemistry
 Professor of Pharmacology

PharmD, magna cum laude; 1982, Pharmacy,
University of Naples, Italy

PhD, 1988, Pharmacology,
Columbia University, New York

Summary of Research:
Research in Dr. Piomelli's lab is focused on how lipid-derived signaling molecules affect the function of the brain and other organs.

Our work has elucidated the biochemical pathways involved in the formation and deactivation of two endogenous cannabinoid lipids, anandamine and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), and uncovered several physiological functions served by these molecules.

We have also developed various classes of pharmacological agents that target endocannabinoid deactivation, producing analgesic, anxiolytic and antidepressant effects.

In addition, we have discovered the molecular mechanism of action of a novel class of lipid messengers, the fatty-acid ethanolamides, natural ligands of the nuclear receptor PPAR-alpha that are involved in the control of feeding, pain and inflammation.

Finally, we investigate the mechanism responsible for the production and deactivation of ceramide, a sphingolipid involved in the control of senescence and apoptpsis, and developed the first high-potency inhibitors of ceramide degradation.

Piomelli Scientific Photo

The Lab Personnel:

Assistant Adjunct Professor:

Project Scientist: 
  • Faizy Ahmed, PhD
  • Fariba Oveisi, BS
Associate Specialists:
  • Miki Igarashi, PhD
Assistant Specialists:
  • Guillermo Moreno Sanz, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar:
  • Nicholas DiPatrizio, PhD
Lab Assistants:
  • Jennifer Lockney, BS
Graduate Student Researchers:
  • Agnesa Avanesian, Pharm/Tox PhD student
  • James Lim, Anatomy PhD student
  • Don Wei, Anatomy MD/PhD student
Technologies & Research Capabilities
  • Lipidomic profiling
  • Protein purification and cloning
  • Cellular and behavioral pharmacology
  • Medicinal chemistry and drug discovery