David L. Hill is the Interim Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, appointed in February 2022.
A professor of psychology in the College and a former psychology department chair and associate dean for the sciences, Hill is serving as interim dean as the national search process for a permanent dean of Arts & Sciences takes place. The new, permanent dean is expected to be begin serving in the role beginning August 2022.
Hill operates one of only a handful of laboratories worldwide studying the neural development of the taste system–the least studied of the senses. Specifically, Hill and his research lab colleagues are known for their work in two major areas of study: they examine (1) the neurophysiological, morphological, and behavioral development of the taste system, and (2) injury induced degeneration and regeneration in the peripheral and central gustatory system. Specific projects focus on environmental, immune, and physiological factors affecting the developing and regenerating taste system, salt taste transduction, and the neural coding of taste information in peripheral and central gustatory neurons.
He is also the principal investigator on a $1.8 million grant from National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders studying the development of central neural taste responses.
Hill earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and zoology from Western Illinois University and holds a master of science degree and a doctorate in experimental psychology, both from Ohio University. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia in 1986.
For more about Hill, please visit the Hill Lab website.