Meet Dr. Russel Reiter

Russel Reiter, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy

Dr. Russell Reiter is a distinguished professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy at UT Health San Antonio. He is an expert in melatonin research, focusing on its role in circadian rhythms, aging, and disease prevention.

Dr. Reiter is the Editor-in-Chief of Melatonin Research and serves on the editorial boards of over 35 journals. He has received numerous awards, including three honorary MD degrees and the Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award from UT Health San Antonio.

He is also on the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Scientists.

Areas of Expertise

Primary Expertise

Melatonin Research

Research Interests

Free radical aspects of disease processes and aging, oxygen derivatives in neurodegenerative diseases, apoptosis, necrosis, neuronal degeneration, free radical scavenging, and antioxidant properties of pineal indoleamines, particularly melatonin.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. : Anatomy, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, 1964

Professional Affiliations

Co-Editor-in-Chief , Melatonin Research Acadamic Journal


Dr. Reiter has had a prolific career in academia, starting with his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1964. He has held several teaching and research positions, contributing significantly to the field of melatonin research. His work has been widely recognized and cited in scientific literature.

Major Contributions

Advancements in Melatonin Research

Dr. Reiter, with over three decades of research, is a leading authority on melatonin. His pioneering studies have shed light on melatonin’s broader health benefits, including its potential in neuroprotection and disease prevention.

Impact on Public Health

His research has highlighted the importance of melatonin in mitigating the effects of aging and neurodegenerative diseases and its potential as an antiviral agent.

Detailed Information on Dr. Russel Reiter

Research Techniques

Thermodynamic analyses

Electron ionization mass spectroscopy

Nuclear magnetic resonance

High-performance liquid chromatography

Electron spin resonance spectroscopy

Biochemical and molecular biological techniques


  1. Reiter, R. J., & Robinson, J. (1996). Melatonin. National Geographic Books.
  2. Fraschini, F., & Reiter, R. J. (2012). Role of Melatonin and Pineal Peptides in Neuroimmunomodulation. Springer Science & Business Media.


  1. Reiter, R. J., Rosales-Corral, S. A., Tan, D. X., Acuna-Castroviejo, D., Qin, L., Yang, S. F., & Xu, K. (2017). Melatonin, a Full Service Anti-Cancer Agent: Inhibition of Initiation, Progression and Metastasis.International journal of molecular sciences,18(4), 843. Read the summary here.
  2. Reiter, R. J., Tan, D. X., & Galano, A. (2014). Melatonin: exceeding expectations.Physiology (Bethesda, Md.),29(5), 325–333.
  3. Reiter R. J. (2003). Melatonin: clinical relevance.Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism,17(2), 273–285.
  4. Reiter, R. J., Sharma, R., Simko, F., Dominguez-Rodriguez, A., Tesarik, J., Neel, R. L., Slominski, A. T., Kleszczynski, K., Martin-Gimenez, V. M., Manucha, W., & Cardinali, D. P. (2022). Melatonin: highlighting its use as a potential treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infection.Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS,79(3), 143.
  5. Reiter, R. J., Abreu-Gonzalez, P., Marik, P. E., & Dominguez-Rodriguez, A. (2020). Therapeutic Algorithm for Use of Melatonin in Patients With COVID-19.Frontiers in medicine,7, 226.

More from Dr Russel Reiter

Interview: Understanding Melatonin: Insights from Dr. Russel Reiter

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