Charlotte A. Peterson, PhD
Charlotte A. Peterson, PhD director, Pilot and Collaborative Studies and Novel Methodologies, is the Hamburg Endowed Professor and associate dean for research in the College of Health Sciences, and co-director of the UK Center for Muscle Biology. She has been continuously funded by the NIH for the last 18 years to support an array of approaches to the study of muscle function in aging and disability. Dr. Peterson’s research has successfully combined her expertise in basic scientific inquiry with her interests in translational studies by building a unique research program that draws upon the outstanding clinical expertise of faculty in the College of Health Sciences and the College of Medicine. She has helped to build interdisciplinary research teams which have successfully competed for NIH funding in the following areas: 1) stem cell activity in muscle regeneration and hypertrophy (NIAMS and NIA), 2) muscle atrophy following spinal cord injury (NINDS), 3) the influence of genetics on muscle inflammation and response to exercise (NIA), and 4) the influence of obesity and intramyocellular lipid on muscle function (NIDDK).
Dr. Peterson currently serves as a PI on a multi-PI NIDDK grant with Dr. Philip Kern, CCTS Director, to study the role of muscle and adipose inflammation on the development of insulin resistance. Dr. Peterson and Dr. Leslie Crofford , CSC Director, have NIA funding to study changes in muscle hemodynamics in individuals with fibromyalgia, research involving an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Colleges of Health Sciences, Medicine, Public Health and the Center for Biomedical Engineering.