Skip Navigation
  • About
  • Selected Publications


Giovanna Punzi, M.D., Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in Functional Genomics at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined the Lieber Institute in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Lieber Institute CEO and Director Dr. Daniel Weinberger. 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


Featured on

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

Recommended on

Complete List in MyBibliography: