Charlotte A. Peterson, Ph.D.
Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor
and Associate Dean for Research
Charlotte A. Peterson, Ph.D. joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences, as Professor and Associate Dean of Research on July 1, 2006. She left her position as Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she served on the faculty for 16 years. Dr. Peterson received her B.S. at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships, the first at National Eye Institute at the NIH and the second at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has an active research program, presently serving as principal investigator on several ongoing projects.
Dr. Peterson focuses on elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling skeletal muscle structure and function. She is currently funded by the NIH to study the role of adult stem cells in muscle maintenance and growth; mechanisms underlying muscle fatigue; the influence of obesity on muscle function; and inflammation in muscle response to exercise. Her work emphasizes changes that occur with age with the long term goal of preventing frailty and loss of functional independence.
Dr. Peterson serves on the Skeletal Muscle and Exercise Physiology NIH study section and is an external advisor to the National Institute on Aging and several Centers on Aging at academic institutions across the country. She is Associate Editor of the Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences.