Ronald Viola was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, USA, and received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, USA, in 1969. After a two-year hiatus in Germany, courtesy of the U.S. Army, he completed his graduate training at Penn State University, earning an M.S. degree in chemistry in 1973 and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry in 1976. He was introduced to the wonderful world of enzymes as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Mo Cleland at the University of Wisconsin. Following an initial faculty appointment at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, he moved to the University of Akron in 1984. Moreover, he joined the faculty at the University of Toledo in 2000 as a Professor of chemistry. His research interests include mechanistic studies of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, protein structural studies, and protein modification studies.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2009