John Wheeler is the Associate Provost for Integrative Science at Furman and has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department since 1991. A recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, he has also received Furman’s Meritorious Advising Award and the Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Professorship. He has mentored more than 130 undergraduates and seventeen M.S. students conducting research in bioanalytical chemistry, publishing thirty articles at Furman as supported through grants from NSF, ACS-PRF, Research Corporation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. He has been named as a Project Kaleidoscope Faculty Member for the 21st Century and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
Beyond his personal research efforts, Dr. Wheeler has directed Furman’s INBRE program since 2005 and developed Furman’s Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences in 2008, where he has served as the principal investigator (PI) for over $8.5M in programmatic awards from NIH-IDeA, NSF S-STEM, NSF RII, HHMI, Merck/AAAS, and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Sandy Wheeler, currently collaborate on research projects with faculty at Furman, Dr. Julia Brumaghim at Clemson University, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland.