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John G. Hildebrand

ISC Fellow (Dec 2022)

Involvement at the ISC

  • Member of the Standing Committee for Outreach and Engagement (2022-2025)


John G. Hildebrand is Regents Professor of Neuroscience Emeritus at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His research fields are insect neurobiology and behavior, olfaction, chemical ecology, and the biology of arthropod vectors of pathogens. He has served as mentor for many graduate students and postdoctoral associates and more than 100 undergraduate research students. He has been an editor for five books and has published more than 220 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, chapters and miscellaneous articles.

He earned his B.A. (biology) at Harvard University and Ph.D. (biochemistry) at the Rockefeller University and after 16 years of faculty service at Harvard and Columbia Universities, moved to Arizona in 1985 as founding head of the Division of Neurobiology (1985-2009; later the Department of Neuroscience 2009-2013).

Among Hildebrand’s honors and awards are: the R.H. Wright Award in Olfactory Research, Max Planck Research Award, Founders’ Memorial Award of the Entomological Society of America,  Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Research Prize, and Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology; an honorary degree from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and an Einstein Professorship in the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and the Wigglesworth Memorial Award of the Royal Entomological Society of London.

A past president of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, International Society of Chemical Ecology, and International Society for Neuroethology, he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters; an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK); and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Entomological Society of America, and the International Society for Neuroethology.

The page has been updated in May 2024.

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