TOS Fellow Spotlight: Interview with R. Scott Rector, PhD, FTOS

By Rachel Goldman, PhD posted 09-24-2017 18:53


Fellowship is one of the highest honors The Obesity Society bestows. This week’s TOS Member Spotlight features a conversation with TOS Fellow R. Scott Rector, PhD, FTOS.


 Q: What is your full name, credentials, and title?

A: R. Scott Rector, PhD, FTOS; Associate Professor of Medicine and Research Health Scientist, University of Missouri and Harry S Truman Memorial VA Hospital


Q: What is your primary research question or clinical field?

A: My lab focuses primarily on determining underlying mechanisms and therapeutic targets for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.


Q: How long have you been in your career?

A: Including my post-doctoral research fellowship, I have been working directly in this field for over 10 years.


Q: What excites you the most about your work?

A: Being able to conduct research on a daily basis that has direct application to human health and disease. 


Q: What advice do you have to offer early career obesity professionals?

A: Align yourself with excellent mentors and colleagues.


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not at work?

A: I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.


Q: Why did you decide to join TOS?

A: TOS is the premiere organization in the field for researchers focused on obesity and obesity-related diseases.   


Q: How has TOS helped your career?

A: TOS has provided the platform for helping me establish a number of new personal and professional collaborations.