Maria Mavrikaki, PhD

Maria Mavrikaki, PhD, studied psychology and neuroscience at the University of Crete in Greece. After obtaining her PhD, she pursued a post-doctoral research fellow position at The Scripps Research Institute in Scripps, Florida, where she utilized genetic mouse models to study mechanisms underlying motivation for food. She joined Dr. Elena Chartoff’s laboratory at McLean Hospital as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2014, and was promoted to assistant neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 2017. Dr. Mavrikaki studies epigenetic mechanisms underlying the effects of stress and sex on prescription opioid self-administration in rats. She was awarded the 2015 Jonathan Edward Brooking Award for Mental Health Research from McLean Hospital to develop her project. More recently, she was awarded the 2017-2018 Eleanor and Miles Shore Harvard Medical School Fellowship that supports young investigators at the instructor and assistant professor levels.

Posts by Maria Mavrikaki, PhD

Your genes and addiction

As researchers seek new ways to treat addiction as well as ways to prevent it, they are also trying to determine why some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. One such avenue of research involves the interactions of genetic and environmental factors in the brain’s reward system.