Scott is the Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He is also the Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Convergent Bioscience and Director of Science Initiatives, where he is helping to launch USC’s Initiative in Convergent Bioscience. Scott is known for light and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) microscopy techniques for imaging the dynamics of embryonic development. Scott studied Physics (B.S. with honors) at Harvey Mudd College, and Biophysics (Ph.D. with distinction) at Johns Hopkins University in 1979.
He joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 1980, and moved to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1990 to serve as the Anna L. Rosen Professor of Biology, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Director of the Biological Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute. He was also the Founding Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center from 2002 to 2008, a founding member of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute, and served as the Director of the Rosen Center for Biological Engineering from 2008 to 2012. In the fall of 2012, Fraser moved to USC. Scott has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He has received 63 U.S. patents for inventions in biological imaging, chemistry, and nanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has launched several startup companies, such as Clinical Micro Sensors and Varocto Inc.
Scott joined the Spectral Platforms board in 2013.