Dr. Katie Peterson

Assistant Professor

Office/Department: Chemistry

Location: Sattgast Hall 337 C

Phone: (218) 755-3880

Box #: 27

Email: kpeterson@bemidjistate.edu

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I grew up in a small town (population 470) in eastern Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with B.S in biochemistry/molecular biology. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota where I studied chemical biology.

At BSU, my teaching duties include Medicinal Chemistry, courses that integrate biochemistry and medicine, as well as General and Principles of Chemistry.

My research interests are isolating medicinal compounds from natural sources and developing imaging agents for biological small molecules, such as hydroxyl radical and hydrogen sulfide that are associated with disease states. I also aim to inspire young women to pursue careers in the sciences.

I have always lived in the Midwest (where else can a sunny 80 ˚F day be followed by a snowfall?) and enjoy fishing, biking, gardening, knitting, and baking.

Recent Work

  • Peterson, K.L., Dang, J.V., Weitz, E.A., Lewandowski, C., Pierre, V.C. Effect of lanthanide complex structure on cytotoxicity and cell uptake. Chem., 2014, 53, 6013 – 6021.
  • McGarry, K.A., Hurley, K.R., Volp, K.A., Hill, I., Merritt, B., Peterson, K.L., Rudd, P.A., Erickson, N.C., Seiler, L.A., Gupta, P., Bates, F.S., Tolman, W.B. Student involvement in improving the culture of safety in academic laboratories. Chem. Edu., 2013, 90, 1414 – 1417.
  • Peterson, K. L., Margherio, M.J., Doan, P., Wilke, K.T., Pierre, V.C. Luminescent probes for the sensitive and selective time-delayed detection of hydroxyl radical. Chem., 2013, 52, 9390 – 9398.