Suzanne M. Peyer, PhD
Position title: Research Scientist
BS, MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
PhD in Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Dr. Peyer studies the relationship between the structure of an organism and its functional responses to environmental challenges. Her work in the field of vision science includes research on the bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) and its luminous microbial symbiont (Vibrio fischeri), which resides in an organ composed of tissues that perceive and respond to light, much like the eye. Studies of the system thus offer insights into the functioning of the eye in response to both infection and light. Focused on early development of the symbiotic organ, she is particularly interested in microbe-induced cell death and tissue remodeling. Her research also uses machine-vision technologies for quantifying morphological structures, with applications in ecology, evolution, and medicine.
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