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Ronald A. Hill, B.S.Chem., Ph.D., is a native of central Ohio. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982 with a B.S.Chem. degree, completing an honors thesis project in mechanistic organic chemistry with Professor Peter A. S. Smith. He then spent 4-1/2 years engaged in analytical chemistry and biopharmaceutics R&D at the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, MI, followed by graduate study at The Ohio State University, where he completed a Ph.D. in Pharmacy, with emphases in synthetic medicinal and computational chemistry. His graduate research was directed by Professors Duane D. Miller and Jan K. Labanowski (Ohio Supercomputer Ctr.). In 1991, he established a research group at ULM, mainly engaged in areas of synthetic medicinal and bioanalytical chemistry. Historically, his research, funded at various times by the NIH and the AHA, focused mostly on projects related to the central nervous system, particularly the efficient delivery of small organic molecules to the CNS and their distribution, biotransformation, and actions therein. Over the years, he also collaborated extensively with investigators working in areas of pharmaceutics, toxicology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences, and also gained extensive acumen in molecular therapeutics design, molecular biopharmaceutics, and molecular toxicology. His more-recent educational duties at the Ph.D. and Pharm.D. levels, and ongoing research collaborations in areas including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, has demanded even more breadth and depth of knowledge, especially in areas bridging early discovery science to clinical application. He also currently serves as a member of the Expert Panel for the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, a key safety assessment body for non-drug personal care products. He has served as major adviser for a number of M.S. and Ph.D. students, and on the graduate committees of now more than 60 others, all of whom have an admirable record of accomplishment in industry, government, or academia.