Dr. John G. Hildebrand, recipient of the 2016 Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture Award, is regents professor of neuroscience and professor of chemistry ad biochemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, entomology, and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was founding head of the Division of Neurobiology (1985-2009) and the Department of Neuroscience after the division became a department (2009-2013).
He earned his baccalaureate degree at Harvard University and his PhD in biochemistry at the Rockefeller University. He moved to Arizona in 1985 after 16 years as a faculty member at Harvard and Columbia Universities.
His research fields are insect neurobiology and behavior, chemical ecology, and vector biology. He is an author of more than 215 peer-reviewed research papers and reviews, and is editor of five books.
A past president of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, the International Society of Chemical Ecology, and the International Society for Neuroethology, he currently is foreign secretary of the NAS and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the German Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina,’ the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK), and is a fellow of the AAAS, the Entomological Society of America, and the International Society for Neuroethology.