Title: Chemist & Researcher
Company: Southern Regional Research Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Location: Covington, Louisiana, United States
John Raymond Vercellotti, Ph.D., Chemist and Researcher at the Southern Regional Research Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry and research.
Dr. Vercellotti is a prominent chemist and researcher who most recently served as a collaborator at the Southern Regional Research Center with the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1999 to 2005, having previously been a research chemist and leader of the center from 1985 to 1996. Prior to these positions, he was a senior scientist at the Gulf South Reserve Institute from 1980 to 1985. He commenced his career as a renowned educator, acting as a lecturer and research associate at Ohio State University from 1963 to 1964 and an assistant professor at Marquette University from 1964 to 1967. He subsequently served as an associate professor at the University of Tennessee and professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1970 to 1979. He was also a visiting professor at the Institute G. Rozoni in Milan, Italy, from 1977 to 1978.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Vercellotti was the vice president and senior chemist at V-Labs, Inc., from 1980 to 1985 and a senior research advisor of the Sugar Processing Research Institute from 1996 to 1999. Likewise, he has been an adjunct professor of chemistry and physics at Southeast Louisiana University, a role he has fulfilled since 1986. Dr. Vercellotti has conducted a plethora of research on food flavor quality and agricultural commodity utilization, having also studied the origin of flavor from carbohydrates, lipid oxidation products and peptides.
Dr. Vercellotti holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Bonaventure University, a Master of Science from Marquette University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio State University. A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals and chapters to books, he was initially interested in the field of chemistry due to the influence of his father, who was a civil engineer working in large manufacturing construction. By the time Dr. Vercellotti got older, he found his father’s work to be exciting and was also interested in chemistry. As such, he pursued the subject in college.
A fellow of several organizations, including Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society, and the Institute of Food Technologists, Dr. Vercellotti was an elected member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a member of the Association of Analytical Chemists International. Having been a longtime secretary of the American Chemical Society from 1968 to 1990, he won the Melville L. Wolfrom Award from the society in 1994. In addition, he has been a grantee of the University of Tennessee and the National Science Foundation.
Married to Sharon Cecile Vergez since 1966, Dr. Vercellotti is the proud father of two children, Ellen and Paul. Ellen is an art teacher and Paul is a computer engineer. In his spare time, Dr. Vercellotti enjoys gardening and playing the piano and accordion. He has been featured in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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