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Peter developed a passion for research after spending a summer studying Drosophila genetics with Eric Lai at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He subsequently earned his doctorate in Cancer Biology from UT Southwestern, where he worked with Jerry Shay and Woody Wright to investigate the cellular consequences of numerical chromosomal abnormalities, a condition known as aneuploidy. In 2013, Peter’s continued interest in chromosome biology led him to pursue postdoctoral training with Don Cleveland at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and UCSD School of Medicine. His postdoctoral research focused on exploring how chromosome segregation errors during mitosis are linked to catastrophic genomic rearrangements called chromothripsis. After enjoying the sunny beaches of La Jolla, Peter returned to UT Southwestern in 2019 to establish his independent group in the Department of Pathology. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Cell Biology and is a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

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Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of California San Diego, 2013-2019

  • Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2008-2012

  • B.A., Baylor University, 2004-2008


Selected Awards and Honors

  • Early-Career Investigator, DoD Academy of Kidney Cancer Investigators, 2022

  • Forbeck Scholar, William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, 2019

  • CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, 2018

  • James Kerr Award for Research Excellence, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, 2017

  • NIH­–NCI Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2017

  • Hope Funds for Cancer Research Fellow, 2014

  • NIH–NCI Cancer Cell Biology Postdoctoral Training Grant Award, 2013

  • CPRIT Predoctoral Training Grant Award, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, 2010

  • Magna cum laude, Baylor University, 2008

  • Jack G. and Norma Jean Folmar Research Scholarship, Baylor University, 2007

  • Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholar, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2007

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