Jennifer L. Peters, Ph.D., a native of Saugerties, New York, by way of Lansing, Michigan, started at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in September 2008. After spending several years as an applications scientist at Nikon Instruments, a major manufacturer of research microscopes, she decided to alter her career path an academic environment for a not-for-profit organization in her selected field. Upon arriving at St. Jude, she was instantly taken by the hospital’s mission that no child should die in the dawn of life.
As a Senior Imaging Scientist in the Department of Cellular Imaging, Dr. Peters works with primary investigators, post docs, graduate students and any other member of the hospital staff who needs microscopy to assist with their research. While the images she creates are often visually stunning, the primary goal of her work is to contribute to the mission of St. Jude by helping researchers gather the data they need to answer their research questions. She finds satisfaction in working with researchers across a variety of different departments, and contributing to many of the diverse research programs that take place at St. Jude. Experts from all fields of research come together to accomplish the mission of curing pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases of childhood.
Dr. Peters graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics from the College of New Rochelle. She earned her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.
Rainbow brain: “The Blood Brain Barrier” Nikon Small World 1st Place Winner, 2012. With Michael R. Taylor, PhD.
Hippocampus: “The Hippocampus in Culture” Nikon Small World Image of Distinction, 2016.
5 color cell: “ Five Labeled Organelles in a Cell.”