Roberto Vicinanza, MD, PhD

Instructional Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Expertise: Age-related diseases, Nutrition and Metabolism, Mental health


  • Residency in Geriatrics 2012-2017
  • PhD, Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, 2008-2012
  • MD, Sapienza University of Rome, 2001- 2008


  • aging
  • nutrition
  • cellular biology
  • molecular endocrinology
  • public health


Roberto Vicinanza, MD, PhD, is a certified specialist in Geriatric Medicine by Sapienza University of Rome, recently ranked the top university in Italy (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2019). Vicinanza focused his clinical training on the treatment of acute illnesses at the Geriatric Department of Policlinico Umberto I University Hospital in Rome, where he also conducted clinical studies on cardiometabolic disorders in the elderly.

Vicinanza is currently teaching several courses at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology including the fundamentals of nutrition for the Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity coordinated program. His research largely focuses on understanding the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet in the geriatric population, and the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in age-related diseases.

He was a visiting researcher at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, training in clinical and molecular nutrition alongside Prof. David Heber, who plays an internationally prominent role in the fields of nutrition, metabolism and obesity.

In 2008, Vicinanza received the degree of Doctor of Medicine cum laude from Sapienza University of Rome, defending his thesis on the effects of thyroid hormone and LDL-cholesterol on nitric oxide production in human endothelium.

He received his PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2012 from the same University, defending his thesis on the biological effects of specific phytonutrients for cancer prevention.

Vicinanza has published numerous research articles in cellular biology, nutrition, aging and public health, and has presented at various U.S. and international conferences.


Email: roberto.vicinanza@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 231f

Office Phone: (213) 821-4162

Publications and links:

Curriculum Vitae