Samuel H. Barondes has an AB and an MD from Columbia University, and 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, Barondes devoted himself to applying the new sciences of molecular biology and molecular genetics to psychiatry. He 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. Currently Dr. Barondes remains at UCSF where he is Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry. Dr. Barondes is author of more than 200 original research articles. He is a member or fellow of several societies, including the Institute of Medicine. From 1989-1998 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, Dr. Barondes has written three books – Molecules and Mental Illness , 1993; Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression, 1998; Better Than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs, 2003.
See autobiography (PDF) published in A History of Neuroscience in Autobiography, Volume 5 edited by Larry Squire, Academic Press, N.Y. , 2006