Biology Chair Named Gill Eminent Professor

By Richard LeComte

Vincent M Cassone, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, has been named the Jack and Linda Gill Eminent Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. UK’s Board of Trustees approved the designation, and the appointment took effect in January. 

The Gill Research Excellence Fund supports the Gill Eminent Professorships in Science and Engineering. The deans of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering jointly administer the program. Professors are recommended by a committee based on a nomination letter.

“Throughout his time here at UK, Cassone has served as a model for research productivity,” said David Weisrock, associate professor and director of graduate studies for the Department of Biology, who nominated Cassone. “Maintaining research activity over multiple decades is a challenge for nearly all investigators, and yet he has continued to steer his research program forward, including successes with major grants, publication, and student and postdoctoral training.”

Cassone earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1983 and came to UK in 2009. His research interests include exploring the molecular mechanisms and neuroendocrine pathways by which the biological clock regulates physiology and behavior in vertebrates, especially in birds. Recently, his work has focused on the interaction of the biological clock with intestinal microbes.

“I am honored to receive this approbation from the Gill Research Excellence Fund and the University of Kentucky,” Cassone said. “It is particularly gratifying coming from an organization so committed to excellence in education and research, which are my passions.”

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