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Giovanna Punzi, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Lieber Institute in the summer of 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Weinberger’s group. Her main interest is the investigation of genetics and epigenetics of aggressive behaviors against others or the self. Dr. Punzi attended the University of Bari “A. Moro”, where she received a M.D. in 2006, a residency in Psychiatry in 2011 and a Ph.D. in “Forensic Pathology and Criminology” in 2015. Over the course of her residency and her Ph.D., she has been studying the relationship between aggressive behaviors, genetic variations and brain phenotypes, acquiring expertise both in forensic psychiatry and neuroscience. Her work at the LIBD focuses on the genomics of completed suicide, a violent behavior, with emphasis on the individual experience, as reflected in the suicide method employed.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Genetics and brain transcriptomics of completed suicide


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Association of a noncoding RNA postmortem with suicide by violent means and in vivo with aggressive phenotypes

Increased expression of MARCKS in postmortem brain of violent suicide completers is related to transcription of a long, noncoding, antisense RNA

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