John Hildebrand

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John G. Hildebrand is Regents Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience 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 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 (1985-2013) of the Division of Neurobiology, which became the Department of Neuroscience in 2009. 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 US National Academy of Sciences (and since 2014, the International Secretary), American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, German National Academy of Sciences 'Leopoldina’, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and The World Academy of Sciences; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK); and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Entomological Society of America, the International Society for Neuroethology, and the International Science Council.
Research interests: Neurobiology, neuroethology, and chemical ecology of insects and other arthropods, especially: functional organization and neurophysiology of the olfactory system; behavior, particularly interactions with mates and plant and animal hosts; biology of arthropod vectors of disease, mainly triatomine vectors of Chagas Disease; and postembryonic, metamorphic development of the central nervous system.