Research in the Petersen Lab focuses on the continued development of tools using rational protein design and protein evolution that can be used to either report or control a neuronal activity based on the presence of various neurotransmitters. Eric Petersen, Ph.D., aims to apply these tools to study brain function in health and disease and to correct the underlying pathologies of various neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to neuroscience applications, Petersen is developing various protein-based biosensors and synthetic gene circuit-based biosensors for a variety of biomedical and environmental applications, including detection of small molecules for diagnostics and detection of environmental toxins and contaminants.
Interested in joining?
Undergraduate and graduate students, post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows: please contact Eric Petersen.