Dr. Pignataro completed his graduate studies at theUniversity of Buenos Aires in Argentina and University of Alberta in Canada. After finishing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience, he moved to Chicago to become a Postdoctoral Associate at Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University where he studied the physiology of glutamate transporters in the retina. In 2004, he moved to NYC and joined the laboratory of Dr. Neil Harrison at Weill Cornell Medical College to study the alcohol-induced genomic mechanism of plasticity in the brain. In 2008, Dr. Pignataro moved to Columbia University as an Assistant Professor where he extended his work on the effects of alcohol on gene expression to the glia. He is currently and Assistant Professor at the City University of New York.