Co-Director and Full Member
PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
B.Sc Honors, Microbiology and Immunology
Preferred method of communication
Research and teaching
The Peters lab is focused on the immunology of chronic infectious diseases, with a special emphasis on vector transmitted diseases. Our research investigates the earliest events in the host response, including inflammatory cell interactions with vector inoculated pathogens, and the regulation and expression of immunity to reinfection. Current projects involve 1) immune correlates of protective CD4 T cell mediated immunity; 2) neutrophil responses to infection in the skin; and 3) the ontogeny and function of inflammatory monocytes. We aim to better understand how inflammation alters the regulation and expression of immunity. The goal of the lab is to develop new therapies and vaccines to combat chronic infectious diseases.
Dr. Peters completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Bretscher at the University of Saskatchewan where he was the recipient of a Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for his graduate work. Dr. Peters continued his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Sacks and then as a staff scientist in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, Bethesda, MD. During this time Dr. Peters began studying the role of inflammatory cells during infection with the parasite Leishmania and explored the concept of ‘immune memory’ during chronic parasitic infection. In September 2014 Dr. Peters was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and became a member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. Dr. Peters is the Chair of the Immunology Research Group and the Global Health Initiative of the Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases.