Jill Venton

jill_venton_2017Dr. B. Jill Venton is a 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) and Full Professor (2016) and Chair (2019).  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.  She has published more than 90 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 is faculty advisor for a K-5 outreach group, LEAD, and has run science education workshops for elementary teachers.  At home, she has 2 young 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   
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

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 7/2009-3/2022, $1,818,346
“Real-time measurements of neurotransmission in Drosophila melanogaster” 1R01MH085159
Role: PI

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)  7/2018-5/2022             $350K/year,                $1,396,830 total
“Tunable Carbon Electrodes for in vivo Neurotransmitter Detection”  R01EB026497
Role: PI

*Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials User Facility CNMS2012-070 ,CNMS2014-083, CNMS2016-022, CNMS2017-076, CNMS2019-034
“Carbon Nanomaterial Microelectrodes for Neurotransmitter Sensing”
While there is no money associated with this proposal, we receive 20 days of access to the National Lab nanoscale materials user facility. 
Role: PI


h-index: 46
Citations: >8200
Publications: >95
Link to all publications at Google Scholar


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