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

By Rachel Goldman, PhD posted 28 days ago


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.