Rector Appointed Faculty Fellow

Story by: Jeff Sossamon

Dec. 17, 2019

Photo of R. Scott Rector, assoc. professor nutrition and exercise physiology and medicine-gastroenterology and hepatology and recently appointed faculty fellow for the Office of Research and Economic Development.

R. Scott Rector

R. Scott Rector, associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology and medicine-gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed as the Office of Research and Economic Development Faculty Fellow. In this role, Dr. Rector will administer the submission, assessment, and award process for the Research Council.

The Research Council, Mizzou’s internal funding vehicle that supports research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by tenured, tenure-track, and ranked non-tenure track faculty members, provides funding for projects that are clearly aligned with institutional priorities. The next deadline for Faculty Council funding is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2020.

“I am excited about this excellent opportunity to assist the MU Office of Research in the oversight of the Research Council funding program,” Rector said. “I want to become more engaged with the MU Office of Research, learn more about Research Administration at MU, and gain a better understanding of research across all disciplines, including the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and other research programs at Mizzou.”

Dr. Rector has served as an external grant reviewer for a number of academic institutions and federal agencies at the national and international level. In particular, he is an active grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as currently serving as the Associate Editor on two scientific journals and as the Chairperson of the Integrative Physiology and Metabolism Track for The Obesity Society’s Annual Meeting Programming Committee.

“Scott’s involvement with the review processes at the federal level as well as his oversight and management of his own research programs will help inform his administration of the Research Council process at Mizzou,” said Mark McIntosh MU Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development at MU. “I want to welcome him to the Office of Research and Economic Development, and I look forward to great things as he takes on this new role.”

Dr. Rector has an active research program focused on prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. His lab takes a translational approach to examining these chronic conditions, employing strategies in cell culture systems, small and large animal models, and intervention studies in humans. His work has been supported by several industry and federal grants, including the NIH, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and the Department of Defense. He is also a Research Health Scientist at the Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital.

Dr. Rector received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri in 2007. He then completed an NIH funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Hepatology at the University of Missouri-School of Medicine.