Dr Katie Peterson

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Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office/Department: Chemistry, Department of

Location: Sattgast Hall 377 C

Phone: (218) 755-3880

Box #: 27

Email: katie.peterson@bemidjistate.edu


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 focus on the development developing fluorescent imaging agents to detect biological small molecules, such as hydrogen sulfide and reactive oxygen species, that are associated with disease states.

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.