Antonio Lucio Teixeira, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., professor, is actively involved in both clinical and research components in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He leads the Neuropsychiatry Program, which is dedicated to the study of biomarkers, psychoneuroimmunology, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.

After completing medical training/residency in internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, Dr. Teixeira had the opportunity to do a MSc/PhD and post-doc fellowship in cellular biology and immunology, respectively. In the following years, he investigated the role played by chemokines – chemoattractant cytokines – in the pathogenesis of different central nervous system diseases. After establishing his own laboratory, Dr. Teixeira developed basic and clinical (translational) research aiming to understand the involvement of inflammatory/immune mechanisms in the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders. He also participated in hospital and community-based epidemiological studies assessing the impact of psychiatric and neurological diseases. In 2015, he moved to Houston to join the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where he is involved in the clinical care of adult and elderly psychiatric outpatients and research in the Neuropsychiatry Program/Immuno-Psychiatry Lab.

Prior to coming to Houston, he was Associate Professor of Neurology and Internal Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, UFMG, from 2004 to 2015. At UFMG, he was also the Director of both Headache and Neuropsychiatry Clinics. Besides research, he was responsible for clinical and educational activities, supervising medical students, residents and M.Sc./Ph.D. students from Neuroscience and Tropical Medicine Programs.


Medical Degree
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Masters Degree
Cellular Biology, UFMG, Brazil
Doctorate Degree
Cellular Biology, UFMG, Brazil
Research Fellowship
Immunology, UFMG, Brazil
Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Neurology, University Hospital, UFMG, Brazil
Movement Disorders and Psychogeriatrics, University Hospital, UFMG, Brazil

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Adult General Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry

Research Interests

  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychopharmacology