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Roberto Refinetti
Roberto Refinetti, 2008
Born (1957-11-19) 19 November 1957 (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Known forCircadian Physiology
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of São Paulo
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Illinois
University of Virginia
College of William and Mary
University of South Carolina
Boise State University
University of New Orleans

Roberto Refinetti (/rəfɪˈnɛtɪ/; born November 19, 1957) is a behavioral physiologist and higher-education administrator. He is best known for his book Circadian Physiology and is ranked in the top 2% of scientists in the world.[1]

Behavioral physiology[edit]

Refinetti earned his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1987 and has been a researcher or university professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the University of South Carolina, Boise State University, and the University of New Orleans.[2] He is the editor-in-chief of the interdisciplinary journals Chronobiology International[3] and Sexuality & Culture,[4] as well as section editor of BMC Physiology[5] and editorial board member of the Journal of Thermal Biology,[6] of Biological Rhythm Research,[7] and of Acta Scientiae Veterinariae.[8] He has served as consultant for numerous journalists and media producers on a variety of topics related to biological rhythms, as recorded in newspaper articles on seasonal affective disorder,[9] on daylight-saving time,[10] on the pervasiveness of circadian rhythms,[11] and on myths about lunar cycles in human behavior.[12]

Notable publications[edit]

Refinetti is best known as the author of Circadian Physiology, a comprehensive book on circadian rhythms (first edition: 1999; second edition: 2006; third edition: 2016),[13] that has received positive reviews.[14][15][16] His research program has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation[17][18][19] and the National Institutes of Health.[20][21][22] According to Google Scholar,[23] his four most cited articles are:

  • Refinetti, Roberto; Menaker, Michael (March 1992). "The circadian rhythm of body temperature". Physiology & Behavior. 51 (3): 613–637. doi:10.1016/0031-9384(92)90188-8. PMID 1523238. S2CID 27734031.
  • Refinetti, Roberto; Cornelissen, Germaine C.; Halberg, Franz (2007). "Procedures for numerical analysis of circadian rhythms". Biological Rhythm Research. 38 (4): 275–325. doi:10.1080/09291010600903692. PMC 3663600. PMID 23710111.
  • Refinetti, Roberto (2004). "Non-stationary time series and the robustness of circadian rhythms". Journal of Theoretical Biology. 227 (4): 571–581. Bibcode:2004JThBi.227..571R. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2003.11.032. PMID 15038991.
  • Refinetti, Roberto (1999). "Relationship between the daily rhythms of locomotor activity and body temperature in eight mammalian species". The American Journal of Physiology. 277 (5 Pt 2): R1493–R1500. doi:10.1152/ajpregu.1999.277.5.R1493. PMID 10564224.

Higher education administration[edit]

After 20 years in academia administering his own research program as a faculty member and the research programs of others as a journal editor, ad hoc peer reviewer, and review panel member for funding agencies, Refinetti took on the position of academic dean at a satellite campus of the University of South Carolina in 2006. In 2014, he moved to Idaho as the chair of the department of psychology at Boise State University. In 2020, he moved to Louisiana as the chair of the department of psychology at the University of New Orleans.[24]


Refinetti (right) receiving the Carolina Trustee Professorship award

Refinetti was named a Distinguished Professor by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in 2004, when he was a finalist in the annual process to identify and honor the South Carolina Governor's Professor of the Year.[25] He was awarded a Carolina Trustee Professorship by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina in 2006 because of his record of teaching excellence and of outstanding performance in research and in public service activities.[26] In June 2019, he was elected Fellow of the American Physiological Society[27] for his contributions to the physiological sciences.


  1. ^ Ioannidis, John P. A.; Boyack, Kevin W.; Baas, Jeroen (2020). "Updated Science-Wide Author Databases of Standardized Citation Indicators". PLOS Biology. 18 (10): e3000918. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918. PMC 7567353. PMID 33064726.
  2. ^ "Research Gate profile". Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  3. ^ "Editorial Board". Chronobiology International. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  4. ^ "Sexuality & Culture". Springer Science+Business Media. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  5. ^ "BMC Physiology". BioMed Central. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  6. ^ "Editorial Board". Journal of Thermal Biology. Elsevier. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  7. ^ "Editorial Board". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  8. ^ "Acta Scientiae Veterinariae". Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  9. ^ D Linder-Altman, "Winter blues more than a myth," The Press and Standard (Colleton County, South Carolina), 10 January 2003.
  10. ^ C Rook, "Time warp: biannual switch can cause confusion," Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan), 4 April 2004.
  11. ^ D O'Brien, "What makes us tick," The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 23 September 2005.
  12. ^ B Petersen, "Do some go howling mad at full moon?" The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), 23 December 2007.
  13. ^ R Refinetti, Circadian Physiology, Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2016.
  14. ^ M Dokucu (2006) APA Review of Books, vol. 51, art. 19.
  15. ^ R Shephard (2006) Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, vol. 31, p. 479.
  16. ^ P Morganti (2007) Journal of Applied Cosmetology, vol. 25, p. 75-78.
  17. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#9450937 - Psychobiology Laboratory Improvement Program". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  18. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#0343917 - Homeostatic and Circadian Control of Energy Expenditure". National Science Foundation.
  19. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#9507452 - CAREER: Homeostasis, Circadian Rhythmicity and Behavior". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  20. ^ "Project Information". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  21. ^ "Project Information". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  22. ^ "Project Information". National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  23. ^ "roberto refinetti". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  24. ^ "UNO Faculty Profile". Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  25. ^ Salkehatchie Update, Allendale, SC: University of South Carolina Salkehatchie, 2005.
  26. ^ "USC Salk professor is honored," The Press and Standard (Colleton County, South Carolina), 30 June 2006.
  27. ^ "APS Fellows". American Physiological Society. Retrieved 2019-06-14.