John Hildebrand

John G. Hildebrand is the Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. at Rockefeller University. Following faculty service at Harvard Medical School (1969-80) and Columbia University (1980-85), he moved to the University of Arizona in Tucson as founding Head (1985-2013) of the Department of Neuroscience in the College of Science.

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


Currently John G. Hildebrand is Regents Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Entomology, and Molecular & Cellular Biology. His research fields are insect neurobiology and behavior, physiology and functions of 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.

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.


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