Advisory Board

Dr. Samuel H. Barondes

Samuel H. Barondes, M.D. is Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Sam has been a professor at the University of California since 1970, first at its San Diego campus and, since 1986, at its San Francisco campus, where he was, for seven years, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.
He is author of more than 200 original research articles. He is a member or fellow of several societies, including the Institute of Medicine. From 1989 to 1998, he was president of the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He recently served as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2000, he was the 30th J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecturer. In addition to his research publications, He has written three books: Molecules and Mental Illness, Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression, and Better Than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs. Read the full list of his publications!
Sam earned his B.A. from Columbia College in 1954 and his M.D. at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1958. He was trained in clinical medicine and psychiatry at several Harvard teaching hospitals (Peter Bent Brigham, McLean, and Massachusetts General). He learned to do research in molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health. Thereafter, he devoted himself to applying the new sciences of molecular biology and molecular genetics to psychiatry.
Read his autobiography published in A History of Neuroscience in Autobiography, Volume 5. Read his Edge talk New Pills for the Mind. Watch his Edge video.