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Ronald R. Hoy, PhD
HHMI Professor / 2002–Present

Scientific Discipline

Experimental Evolutionary Biology

Host Institution

Cornell University

Current Position

Dr. Hoy is the David and Dorothy Merksamer Professor in Biology at Cornell University.

Current Research

The Interplay Among Genes, Neural Systems, and Activity in Shaping Behavior

Ron Hoy’'s research interests are in the area of neural systems and behavior, especially communication behavior and sensory neurobiology. For his 2006 HHMI Professor project, he designed four undergraduate courses in neuroscience and biomedical engineering for science and non-science majors.

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Biography

Dr. Hoy received a BS in zoology and psychology from Washington State University. He received his PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, where he was a graduate student in Don Kennedy'’s lab; his thesis was on neural regeneration…

Dr. Hoy received a BS in zoology and psychology from Washington State University. He received his PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, where he was a graduate student in Don Kennedy'’s lab; his thesis was on neural regeneration in crayfish. Dr. Hoy went on to do a postdoc at the University of California––Berkeley, with David Bentley, where he worked on the genetics of communication in crickets. He then joined the faculty in neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, where he has been ever since. Besides teaching at Cornell, he has taught neuroscience and behavior at Cold Spring Harbor Labs and at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, where he was a director of the neural systems and behavior course and, later, director of the Grass Foundation summer fellows program.

Dr. Hoy’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for 30 consecutive years. He served on the NIDCD study section from 1991 to 1995, and he now serves on NIDCD'’s Executive Council. He has received RCDA and Career Scientist awards and has had research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Keck Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. He also actively promotes public awareness in science through his membership on the administrative boards of the Grass Foundation and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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Education

  • BS, zoology and psychology, Washington State University
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Memberships

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow