Kent Gallaher earned a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Over the course of his academic career he has received numerous awards and recognitions. These include the International NACTA Teaching Award of Merit, and The Dean’s Award from the Lipscomb University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has twice been honored with a Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2013 he was nominated for the United States Professor of the Year Award.
His research interests are in the areas of natural medicine and the biochemistry and physiology of natural products. He first joined the Lipscomb faculty in 1996. He has previously served as the academic director for the Lipscomb institute for sustainable practice and has keen interest in sustainable development and environmental policy. He currently serves as the director of the graduate program in biomolecular science and as professor and academic chair for the department of biology.