Biography: John Z. Kiss
Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Biology
John Z. Kiss is the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi. His academic appointments include Professor of Biology and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. John was on the faculty of Miami University (1993-2012) where his most recent appointment was as University Distinguished Professor. He has been an instructor in 15 different courses ranging from introductory biology for first year students to advanced graduate courses. He also has mentored 47 independent research projects by undergraduates and has served as major professor for 13 M.S. students, 8 doctoral students, and 6 post-doctoral scholars.
John's research focuses on the gravitational and space biology of plants, and he has published 102 peer-reviewed papers. He also has been invited to present seminars based on his research at universities throughout the US and in another 12 countries. He served as PI on grants from NASA, USDA, NSF, and the NIH (career total = $5.9 million) as well as PI on seven spaceflight experiments on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.
John was President of the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists (2001-02) and the American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology (2003-04). He has had many service and leadership roles including membership on the university promotion and tenure committee and the university senate. He also has had major editorial activities including Associate Editor for the American Journal of Botany and Editor for Advances in Space Research. Most recently, John has served as the President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (2015-16).