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Scott Herness is Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biology at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Previously, he served as Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate School and as Associate Dean of the Graduate School at The Ohio State University. Other administrative roles have included Chair of the Division of Oral Biology in the College of Dentistry, Chair of the Oral Biology PhD Program, and Chair of the Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program all at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Herness received his BS degree from the University of California, Irvine and his PhD from the Florida State University. He held previous faculty positions as Assistant Professor at The Rockefeller University in New York City, Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine on the Muncie campus, and Full Professor at The Ohio State University.
His research interests are in the field of sensory neuroscience where he has pursued a NIH- and NSF-funded investigation into the cellular and molecular biology of the peripheral gustatory system. He has served as President of the Association of Chemoreception Sciences, the international society dedicated to the scientific study of the chemical senses, and received the society’s Anjinomoto Junior Faculty Research Award (1999) and its International Flavors & Fragrances Award for Outstanding Research on the Molecular Basis of Taste (2011). He has also served on numerous review panels for the NIH and NSF.