Ron Prior, PhD

Dr. Ron Prior

2019 Berry Phytochemicals and Metabolites on Cardiovascular Function Session Chair

Dr. Prior received his Ph.D. in Nutrition with minors in biochemistry and physiology from Cornell University. His graduate training was followed by two years of post-doctoral training in Comparative Gastroenterology through the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Dr. Prior was with the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA for 35 years. Following 13 years at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts.

Dr. Prior moved in 2000 to the USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center in Little Rock, AR where he provided leadership for their phytochemical and health research program. In May of 2010 Dr. Prior retired from the USDA, but he continues to serve as adjunct professor in the Dept of Food Science at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville and to consult with organizations on matters related to phytochemicals and nutrition.

Dr. Prior has published more than 220 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Prior received the Alex Wetherbee Award from the North American Blueberry Council for his contributions to the blueberry industry. In 2006, was ranked as the top-cited author in agricultural sciences by Science Watch.