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Dr. Jeffrey Peters Receives 2016 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award

Posted: April 27, 2016

Gamma Sigma Delta is an honor society that encourages high standards of scholarship and worthy achievements in all branches of the agricultural and related sciences, as well as a high degree of excellence in the practice of agricultural pursuits.
Dr. Cathy Cutter presented Dr. Peters with the faculty research award on March 30, 2016.

Dr. Cathy Cutter presented Dr. Peters with the faculty research award on March 30, 2016.

Dr. Jeffrey Petersof the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and the Penn State Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, was recently honored as the recipient of the 2016 Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Research Award at Penn State.

Gamma Sigma Delta seeks to advance agriculture, maintain and improve the relations of agriculture and related sciences to other industries, and recognize the responsibilities of those engaged in all aspects of agriculture to humankind. The 2016 Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Award recipients were recognized at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Gamma Sigma Delta Celebration of Excellence Celebration on March 30, 2016.

Dr. Peters completed his bachelor of science degree and PhD in nutrition as well as postdoctoral training in toxicology at the University of California Davis. He joined the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute in 1995, and was subsequently recruited to Penn State in 2000.  By 2010, he had earned the title of Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Peters previously received the Society of Toxicology Faculty Achievement Award and was named a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Peters’ internationally recognized research program focuses on the function of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in health and disease. Dr. Peters research has determined the how lipids, dietary components, and synthetic compounds, interact with PPARs and prevent and treat health problems including obesity, diabetes, cancer, and liver toxicity.

Dr. Peters research program has garnered over $10 million dollars in research funding, and he has published more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been cited over 17,000 times.