Dr. Peterson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wheaton College (IL), a Master of Arts degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology from the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Pathology Department at Northwestern University Medical School, under the mentorship of Dr. Frank A. Carone. He has held faculty positions at Northwestern University Medical School, The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and the Chicago Medical School, where he is currently Professor of Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Peterson has served as Acting Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics (Chicago Medical School), the President of the Academic Assembly (Chicago Medical School), and the Principal Senator of the University Senate (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School). He has trained 8 graduate students as Major Advisor, including 4 M.D./Ph.D. students. Dr. Peterson does research on: 1) the pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy, and 2) treatment of cerebrovascular stroke (please see Research link). He has published approximately 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and currently holds 2 U.S. patents for the treatment of stroke. He has served on 2 NIH study sections focusing on neuroscience and the blood-brain barrier.