Margaret Truschel Peeler
Department of Biology 8 Linda Lane
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA, 17870
Selinsgrove, PA, 17870 (570)-374-8471
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Education Dates Degree
Duke University Graduate School 9/80-9/86 PhD
Department of Zoology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Franklin and Marshall College 9/76-6/80 BA
Academic Experience Dates
Assistant Professor of Biology 8/89-8/96
Associate Professor of Biology 9/96-present
Acting Director of the Honors 7/00- 7/01
Director of the Honors Program 7/01-8/03
Chair of Health Professions 9/91-8/04
Courses currently taught
An investigative approach to the study
|Cell and Organismal Biology||
First year required course in major. Introductionto cell and molecular
structure and function
|Cell Biology and Lab||Examines the structure and function of cells, using a human disease case study approach.|
|Biology of Women||Cross listed with Women's Studies- focuses on female anatomy and physiology, including women's health issues|
|Nature vs Nurture||
Cross listed as Honors Program seminar. Examines the relative contributions of genetics and environment to such topics as disease, intelligence, personality traits
Literature and Culture
Cross listed as Honors Program course. Examines some the great works of science, the process of scientific writing cultural implications of science and science writing
Issues in Human Biology Science and Technology Core course. Focuses on human genetics at the Mendelian and molecular level with an emphasis on social and ethical implications of field
Core Perspectives Topic based seminar stressing connections of biological sciences to societal issues, and focusing on first year student development and engagement
University of Texas at Austin 7/87-6/89
American Cancer Society
Duke University 9/80-8/86
Department of Zoology
Teaching and Research Assistant
Omicron Delta Kappa 4/05
Faculty Mentor of the Year
Alpha Lambda Delta 3/02
Omicron Delta Kappa 10/94
Omicron Delta Kappa 3/94
Mentor Award, Susquehanna
John C. Horn Award 5/93
SU Faculty Research Grants 4/91; 4/93; 4/00; 4/02; 4/05
SU University Research Grant 4/90
Beta Beta Beta 4/90
Phi Beta Kappa 6/80
Franklin and Marshall College
External Grants Dates Amount of award
NIH AREA grant Pending $150,000
NSF MRI Grant for confocal microscope 9/01 $142,000
Co-PI with David Richard and Thomas
NIH AREA Grant, NICHHD 6/93-8/96 $75,000
Instrumentation and Laboratory 5/90 $10,286
Improvement Award, NSF
Research Opportunity Award 6/90-9/91 $20,000
American Cancer Society 7/87-6/89 $39,000
NIH Cell and Molecular Biology 9/80-8/83
Predoctoral Training Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society for Developmental Biology
American Society for Cell Biology
Pennsylvania Academy of Science
* Susquehanna undergraduate Co-author ** Maiden name
Epel, D., Vacquier, V, Patton, C, Peeler, MT., Miller, P. 2004. Sea urchin gametes in the teaching laboratory: Good experiments and good experiences. In Development of Sea Urchins, Ascidians, and Other Invertebrate Deuterostomes: Experimental Approaches. Methods in Cell Biology, Vol. 74. Elsevier Press.
Illies, MR, Peeler, MT, *Dechtiaruk, A, and Ettensohn, CA. 2002. Identification and developmental expression of new biomineralization proteins in the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Development, Genes, and Evolution 212:419-431
Illies, MR, Peeler, MT, *Dechtiaruk, A, and Ettensohn, CA. 2002. Cloning and developmental expression of a novel, secreted frizzled-related protein from the sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Mech. Dev 113:61-64.
Kelso-Winemiller, L, J. Yoon, M.T. Peeler, and M.M. Winkler. 1993. Sea urchin maternal mRNA classes with distinct developmental regulation. Developmental Genetics 14:397-406.
Peeler, M.T., L. Kelso-Winemiller, M.F. Wu, J.K. Skipper, and M.M. Winkler. 1990. Counterproductive transcriptional and translational regulation of elongation factor 1-alpha synthesis during early development in sea urchins. Dev. Biol. 142: 486-488.
Kelso-Winemiller, L., J.L. Grainger, M.T. Peeler and M.M. Winkler. 1990. Reprogramming protein synthesis for rapid cell cycles: a model to explain changes in gene expression during early development. U.C.L.A. Symposium. Developmental Biology, Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Peeler, M.T., S.A. Chambers, C.Y. Wang, and D.R. McClay. 1987. Stage-specific expression of �-1,3-glucanase in sea urchin embryos and hybrids. J.Exp. Zool. 244: 215-222.
Wessel, G.M., M.T. Peeler, S.A. Chambers, and D.R. McClay. 1987. A cortical granule-specific enzyme, �-1,3-glucanase, in sea urchin eggs. Gamete Research 18: 339-348.
**Truschel, M.R., S.A. Chambers, and D.R. McClay. 1986. Two antigenically distinct forms of �-1,3-glucanase in Lytechinus variegatus. Dev. Biol. 117:227-239.
Abstracts Published with Susquehanna University Undergraduate Students
Brown, KF., McMullen, A, Peeler, MT. 2004. Neuronal guidance proteins in sea urchin embryonic development. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 77:127a
Messimer, J, Rase, T, Schofield, J, and Peeler, MT. 2001 Cloning of the semaphoring gene in Lytechinus pictus primary mesenchyme cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 74: 139a.
Dechtiaruk, A, and Peeler, MT. 2001 Analysis of mRNA expression patterns in sea urchin primary mesenchyme cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 74: 127a.
Knepp, S., Stone, D, and Peeler, MT. 2001 Expression of MTA1 in sea urchin primary mesenchyme cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 74: 136a
Cloud, M., I. Drummond, A. Moyer, D. Slack, A. Thistle, and M. T. Peeler. 2000. Cell fate determination in sea urchin embryos involves multiple signal transduction pathways. J. Pa Academy of Science 73:152.
Follett, H. and M.T. Peeler. 1998. Beta-hydroxybutyrate has teratogenic effects on sea urchin embryonic development. J Pa Academy of Science 71: 172
Charles, R, R. Clouser and M.T. Peeler. 1998. The protein kinase C inhibitor staurosporin does not block secondary mesenchyme cell conversion in sea urchin embryos. J Pa Academy of Science 71:168.
Flango, J.K., D.R. Richard, and M. T. Peeler. 1997. The effects of all-trans-retinoic acid on morphology and gene expression in the sea urchin species Lytechinus pictus and Lytechinus variegatus. J Pa Academy of Science 70:172
Smith, K., R. Hamm, C. Ettensohn, and M. Peeler. 1997. Cell fate determination in sea urchin secondary mesenchyme cells. J. Pa Academy of Science 70:194
Smith, K., R. Hamm, C. Ettensohn, and M. Peeler. 1996. Cell fate determination in sea urchin secondary mesenchyme cells. Presented at Mid Atlantic Society for Developmental Biology meeting, Bethesda, MD
Robbins, K.M., D.M. Evans, D.S.Richard, and M.T. Peeler. 1996. Retinoic acid affects vegetal plate formation in sea urchin embryos. J. Pa. Academy of Science 69:161.
Billings, J., A. Kern, M.T. Peeler, and D. Richard. 1995. Teratogenic effects of retinoic acid in sea urchin development. J. Pa. Academy of Science 68:168.
King, J. and M.T. Peeler. 1995. Beta-hydroxybutyrate induced tetratogenesis in the sea urchin embryo. J. Pa. Academy of Science 68:181.
Heckler, L.E., M.T. Peeler, and H.M. Hans. 1994. Lithium induces the skeletogenic potential of secondary mesenchyme cells in the sea urchin, Lytechinus pictus. J. Pa. Academy of Science 67:180
Peeler, M.T., H.M. Hans, L.E. Heckler, and C.A. Ettensohn. 1993. Lithium induces the skeletogenic potential of secondary mesenchyme cells in the sea urchin. Molecular Biology of the Cell 4: 377a.
Hans, H. and M.T. Peeler. 1993. Spiculogenic secondary mesenchyme cells in the sea urchin express a family of primary mesenchyme cell proteins. J. Pa. Academy of Science 66:186
Hayes, W., C. Como, and M.T. Peeler. 1993. The B-1 integrin subunit is expressed at equal levels in the dorsal and ventral halves of the chick neural retina. J. Pa. Academy of Science 66:186
McMeekan, J.M., S. Learish, M.T. Peeler, and C.A. Ettensohn. 1992. Characterization of the culture conditions required for the conversion of sea urchin secondary mesenchyme cells to spiculogenic cells in vitro. J. Pa. Academy of Science 65:191.
Conference Papers and Presentations
Winegar, L. T., Tyree, T., Satterlee, D & Peeler, M. (2004, November). The development of general education courses by academic and
student life. AAC&U Conference on Educating Intentional Learners: New
Connections for Academic and Student Affairs, Philadelphia, PA.
Reichard-Brown J, and Peeler, M. (2004, July) An interdisciplinary minor in health care studies minor at Susquehanna University, a liberal arts institution. Association of Advisors for the Health Professions annual conference, Washington DC.
Other Professional Activity Dates
NIH Study Section Member October 1993; October 1994
Molecular Cytology Ad Hoc Panel
NSF ILI Proposal Reviewer January 1994
University Service Dates
Susquehanna University Press 1989-1995
Science in Action Day Participant 1989-present
Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee 1990-present
Chair 1992-93; 1995-1996; 2000-present
Faculty Athletics Representative to NCAA 1991-present
Health Professions Advising Committee 1989-present
Faculty Advisor, PreHealth Professional Club 1991-2004
Faculty Advisor, Women's Soccer Club 1993
Middle States Self Study 1993
Study Group on Institutional Planning and
Women's Studies Planning Group 1991- present
Faculty Board Observer 1992-1995
Honors Program Committee 1994-present
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program 1994-1995
Faculty Representative to Board of Directors 1996-1999
Faculty Secretary 1996-1997
Co-Chair, Campus Campaign and 1996-2000
Susquehanna 2000 Capital Campaign
Steering Committee Member
Faculty Workload Steering Committee 1997-1998
Pew Foundation grant
Curriculum Committee 1998- 2001
Presidential Search Committee 2000-2001
University Council 2001-2002
Athletic Director Search Committee 2002
Director, SU Honors Program 2000-2003
Office of Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board 2002- present
Schmidt Lectureship Selection Committee 2002-present
Science Lunch coordinator 2002-present
Middle States Self Study Task Force Chair 2002-2003
Curriculum Committee, Chair 2004-present