January 6, 2020

Sarah Peters, PhD, Joins Division of Biosciences

On March 1, 2020, Dr. Sarah Peters will join the college as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biosciences.

Dr. Peters earned a BS degree in environmental science from the Florida Institute of Technology, after which she completed an MS degree in atmospheric science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. Continuing her professional education at SUNY, she earned a PhD in biological sciences in 2014. She has since served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama, where her research is funded by a K99/R00 grant from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

The NIDCR's funding supports Dr. Peters' examination of the mechanisms that regulate afferent innervation in the dental pulp. Her other research interests include the development and regeneration of the tooth, mandible, and long bone; skull vault formation via neuronal-mesenchymal cellular communications; and the study of mouse submandibular salivary gland development and branching morphogenesis and differentiation.

Dr. Peters' role in the college will include conducting research and contributing to the didactic teaching responsibilities of the Division of Biosciences. She will also support curriculum development to ensure the highest quality of educational experiences for pre-doctoral students.