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Professor Julio Licinio, M.D., Director, John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University in Canberra, where he is also Head, Department of Translational Medicine. From 2006-2009, Dr. Licinio was Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine/Endocrinology, Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and subsequently Associate Dean for Project Development (Translational Science) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was previously Director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Pharmacogenomics and the founder of the UCLA Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation as well as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. His work on the fundamental endocrine and pharmacogenomic mechanisms at the interface of obesity and depression has been extensively replicated and cited in the scientific literature. He is the editor of three Nature Publishing Group journals: The Pharmacogenomics Journal, Translational Psychiatry and Molecular Psychiatry, which has an Impact Factor of 15, the highest in its field worldwide.


  • 2009–present
    Director, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
  • 2007–2009
    Miller Professor & Associate Dean for Prject Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 2006–2008
    Miller Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • 1999–2006
    Professor, Director, Clinical Pharmacology Program and Center on Pharmacogenomics, David Geffen School of Medicine and Semel Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1993–1999
    Unit Chief, Clinical Neuroendocrinology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program
  • 1991–1993
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine


  • 1991 
    Yale University School of Medicine, Fellowship in Psychiatry
  • 1990 
    National Institute of Mental Health, USA, Clinical Neuroendocrinology Fellowship
  • 1989 
    The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Research-track Residency in Psychiatry
  • 1986 
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Internship in Psychiatry
  • 1985 
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Fellowship in Endocrinology
  • 1984 
    University of São Paulo, Brazil, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • 1982 
    Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine, MD

Research Areas

  • Molecular Medicine (030405)
  • Genetics (0604)
  • Genomics (060408)
  • Endocrinology (110306)
  • Psychiatry (Incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
  • Neurogenetics (060410)