Jill Venton

jill_venton_2017Dr. B. Jill Venton is Thomas Jefferson Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia.  She is also affiliated with the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the UVA Brain Institute.  She received her BS in Chemistry from University of Delaware (1998), her PhD in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill (with Mark Wightman, 2003), and did postdoctoral research at University of Michigan (with Bob Kennedy and Terry Robinson, 2003-2005).  Dr. Venton started her career at University of Virginia in 2005, and has worked her way up the ranks from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (2011) Full Professor (2016), Department Chair (2019), and endowed chair (2023).  Her research interests are in developing analytical chemistry tools for neuroscience research and her lab studies many neuroscience diseases, from Parkinson disease, to addiction, to stroke, and aging.  Her lab also develops carbon nanomaterial and 3D printed sensors, and is recently multiplexing fluorescent imaging and electrochemical methods for neurotransmitter detection. She has published more than 100 scientific papers, has 3 patents, and has won numerous awards.  Dr. Venton is also a passionate teacher and has developed new classes with active learning components for the undergraduate analytical chemistry curriculum.  She also has run science education workshops for elementary teachers.  At home, she has 2 children, Philip and Johanna, who keep her busy. 

Brief CV (click on link at left for full CV)


Department Chair Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 2019-present
Professor Department of Chemistry, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 2016-present
Associate Professor Department of Chemistry, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 2011-2016
Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 2005-2011
Associate Editor Analytical Methods (Royal Society of Chemistry) 2017-present
Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Advisors: Robert Kennedy (Chemistry) and Terry Robinson (Psychology)



PhD Chemistry (analytical) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Advisor:Mark Wightman   Dissertation: Electrochemical detection of chemical dynamics in the rat brain 2003

B.S., Honors degree, summa cum laude

Chemistry University of Delaware, Newark, DE  Research Advisor: Murray Johnston Undergraduate thesis: Secondary structure of oligonucleotides probed by MALDI 1998
Honors and Awards   
ACS Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship 2022
Distinguished Researcher Award, ACS Local Section 2020
President Elect, International Society of Monitoring Molecules in vivo 2018-2022
Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, Young Investigator Award 2011
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar 2010
American Chemical Society PROGRESS/Dreyfus Foundation Lectureship 2008
Eli Lilly Young Analytical Investigator Award 2007
Meade Endowment Honored Faculty 2007-2008
National Science Foundation CAREER award 2007-2012
 Current Grants and Funding
NIH, NINDS, R01NS121014 Multiplexed Chemical Methods to Understand Adenosine Neuromodulation Multi-PI, Venton, Zhu 600K/year, ~350K to Venton lab 01/1/22-12/31/22
NIH, NIDA, R01DA052893 An investigation of focused ultrasound to treat opioid addiction

Multi-PI, Venton, Lynch, Legon

629K/year, ~125K to Venton lab 03/1/22-12/31/26

NIH, NIMH, R01MH085159

Real time measurements of neurotransmitters in Drosophila melanogaster Venton PI 350K year to Venton lab 05/1/22-3/31/27

NIH, NINDS, R01NS125663

Tunable carbon Electrodes for neurotransmitter detection Venton PI, subcontract ORNL 550K/year, ~350K to Venton lab 08/1/22-7/31/27
Owens Family For studies of neuromodulation and nanoelectrodes Venton PI 100K.year 07/1/20-06/30/23


h-index: 50
Citations: >9000
Publications: >100
Link to all publications at Google Scholar


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