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Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Education
  • PHD, Duke University
  • MS, University of Florida
  • BS, North Carolina State Univ Raleigh
Tom Peeler

I have always enjoyed learning, and the most interesting subject to me is learning more about how living things work. In particular, I think it's fascinating that all living organisms are strikingly similar at the level of cell organization and biochemical processes.

My research has focused on the processes of living organisms at the cell and molecular level, first in plant systems as a graduate student, and then primarily in animal systems over the past two decades. This is an especially exciting time to be a biologist, since the genome sequencing revolution of the past few years has given researchers new ways to answer questions about how living things work, and will give biologists of the future a new perspective on.

Susquehanna University provides a great environment for learning more about biology. The small classes and excellent facilities allow me to explore current research in both lecture and lab settings. And, I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in student/faculty collaborative research as part of the curriculum in the biology department.

Education
PhD in Botany, Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Duke University. Degree received August 1986.  

MS in Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida.  Degree received May 1980.  

BS in Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University.  Degree received May 1977.  

Appointments  

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, May 1997 to present.  

Department Head, Biology, July 2007 to June 2013.  

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Susquehanna University, August 1990 to April 1997.  

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Weis Center for Research, Geisinger Clinic. Danville, Pennsylvania, July 1989 - July 1990.  

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Texas Advanced Technology Program. In collaboration with Dr. G.A. Thompson, Jr. Department of Botany, University of Texas at Austin, August 1986 - June 1989.  

Research Assistantship, NSF Grant awarded to Dr. A. W. Naylor Department of Botany, Duke University, June 1984 - May 1986.  

Teaching Assistant, in Plant Physiology and Microbiology. Dept. of Botany, Duke University; September 1983 - April 1984.  

NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Fellowship. Duke University, September 1980 - August 1983.           

Awards and Grants  

Lawrence A. Lemons Distinguished Academic Advising Award Susquehanna University, May 2015.  

National Science Foundation S-STEM grant,  "Broadening Intensive Opportunities for Scholarship." $586,500.00.  July 15, 2011-June 30, 2016.  

National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award. "Acquisition of a confocal microscope to support research in cell and molecular biology at Susquehanna University."  $129,522. September, 2001.  

John C. Horne Award for distinguished scholarship and service, Susquehanna University, May, 1997  

National Institutes of Health AREA Grant, "Focal Adhesion Kinase involvement in AII signal transduction." $104, 287. July 1, 1996-June 30, 1999.  

SU Faculty Research Grant, April, 1993  

Beta Beta Beta, April, 1991   SU University Research Grant, March, 1991  

National Science Foundation Grant awarded to A. W. Naylor. Department of Botany, Duke University, June 1984 - May 1986.  

W. G. Ward Graduate Scholarship. Fruit Crops Department, University of Florida, 1979.  

Phi Kappa Phi - North Carolina State University  

Professional Societies

American Association for the Advancement of Science  

American Society for Cell Biology  

Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences  

Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century  

Publications
Peeler, T. C. and J. T. Mullins.  1982  Nitrogen nutrition in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus tinctorius.  Mycologia 74: 334-337.  

Musser, R. L., S. A. Thomas, R. R. Wise, T. C. Peeler and A. W. Naylor.  1984  Chloroplast ultrastructure, chlorophyll fluorescence, and pigment composition in chilling-stressed soybeans.  Plant Physiol. 74: 749-754.  

Peeler, T. C. and A. W. Naylor.  1988a  A comparison of the effects of chilling on leaf gas exchange in pea (Pisum sativum L.) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.).  Plant Physiol. 86: 143-146.  

Peeler, T. C. and A. W. Naylor.  1988b  A comparison of the effects of chilling on thylakoid electron transfer in pea (Pisum sativum L.) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.).  Plant Physiol. 86: 147-151.  

Peeler, T. C. and A. W. Naylor.  1988c  The influence of dark adaptation temperature on the reappearance of variable fluorescence following illumination.  Plant Physiol. 86: 152-154.  

Einspahr, K. J., T. C. Peeler and G. A. Thompson, Jr. 1988  Rapid changes in polyphosphoinositide metabolism associated with the response of Dunaliella salina to hypoosmotic shock.  J. Biol. Chem. 263: 5775-5779.  

Peeler, T. C., M. B. Stephenson, K. J. Einspahr and G. A. Thompson, Jr. 1989  Lipid characterization of an enriched plasma membrane fraction of Dunaliella salina grown in media of varying salinity.  Plant Physiol. 89: 970-976.  

Einspahr, K. J., T. C. Peeler and G. A. Thompson, Jr. 1989  Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate phospholipase C and phosphomonoesterase in Dunaliella salina membranes.  Plant Physiol. 90:1115-1120.  

Peeler, T. C. and G. A. Thompson, Jr.  1990 Effects of light on phospholipid metabolism in Dunaliella salina.  Physiol. Plant.78:324-330.  

Peeler, T. C., K. M. Baker, C. F. Esmurdoc and M. I. Chernin. 1991 Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition in Dahl salt-sensitive rats.  Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry  104:45-50.  

Schorb, W., T. C. Peeler, N. N. Madigan, K. M. Conrad and K. M. Baker. 1994 Angiotensin II- induced protein tyrosine phosphorylation in neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts.  Jour Biol Chem 269:19626-19632.  

Peeler, T. C., K. M. Conrad and K. M. Baker.  1996. Endothelin stimulates sis-inducing factor-like DNA binding activity in CHO-K1 cells expressing ETA receptors.  Biochem Biophys Res Comm 221: 62-66  

Pahl MC, K Derr, G Gabel, I Hinterseher, JR Elmore, CM Schworer, TC Peeler, DP Franklin, JL Gray, DJ Carey, G Tromp, and H Kuivaniemi.  2012. MicroRNA expression signature in human abdominal aortic aneurysms.  BMC Medical Genomics, 5:25.  

Ryer, EJ, KE Ronning, R Erdman, CM Schworer, JR Elmore, TC Peeler, CD Nevius, JH Lillvis, RP Garvin, DP Franklin, H Kuivaniemi, and G Tromp. 2015. The potential role of DNA methylation in abdominal aortic aneurysms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16: 11259-11275.

Abstracts and Presentations
Einspahr, Kregg J., Thomas C. Peeler, and Guy A. Thompson, Jr.  1988 Metabolism of inositol phospholipids in response to osmotic stress in Dunaliella salina.  8th International Symposium on the Biological Role of Plant Lipids, Budapest, Hungary.  

Peeler, T. C. and A. W. Naylor.  1985  Influence of temperature on the reappearance of variable fluorescence following illumination.  Suppl. to Plant Physiol. 77: 137.  

Peeler, T. C. and A. W. Naylor.  1986  The effect of chilling temperatures and light on rates of electron transfer in pea and cucumber.  Suppl. to Plant Physiol. 80: 654.  

Peeler, T. C., K. J. Einspahr and G. A. Thompson, Jr. 1988 Characterization of Dunaliella salina plasma membrane.  Suppl. to Plant Physiol. 86: 479.  

Thompson, G. A. Jr., Kregg J. Einspahr, Sung Ho Cho, Thomas C. Peeler and Martha Stephenson. 1988. Metabolic responses of plant cells to stress.  8th International Symposium on the Biological Role of Plant Lipids, Budapest, Hungary.  

Boone, G. C. and T. C. Peeler.  1992. Inquiry-based biology labs for nonscience students.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement  65: 175.  

Burns, M. E., D. Carey, T. Peeler. 1992.  The effect of transmembrane proteoglycans in the regulation of rat heart myoblast cell growth.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 65: 176.  

Peeler, T. C., S. D. Ely, J. V. Hackett, and M. T. Peeler.  1994. Changes in tyrosine phosphorylation of cardiac cell proteins in response to angiotensin II.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 67: 191.  

Roberts, R., T. Gower, and T. Peeler. 1997.  AII induces specific cytoskeletal rearrangements in cardiac fibroblasts and myocytes.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 70: 189.  

Gibbons, M. and T. C. Peeler. 1998. Angiotensin II increases focal adhesion abundance in cardiac cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 71: 174.  

Williamson, C. and T. C. Peeler. 1998.  Extracellular matrix composition affects cardiac cell binding and growth in vitro. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 71: 198.  

Aurand, K., C. Troxell and T. C. Peeler. 1999.  Endothelin-1, insulin, ANP, and PMA affect focal adhesion localization and cytoskeletal structure in cardiac cells.  Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 72: 149.  

Peeler, TC, K Aurand, M Gibbons, T Gower, R Roberts. 1999. Angiotensin II stimulation increases actin stress fiber and focal adhesion abundance in cardiac fibroblasts. Molecular Biology of the Cell 10:131a.  

Boyle, W. and T. C. Peeler. 2000 The effects of extracellular matrix on cell growth and angiotensin II stimulation in neonatal rat cardiac cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 73:148.  

Bender C., L. Harris and T. C. Peeler. 2001 Transfection of neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 74: 120.  

Sosnoski, K. M., J. Rosenella and T. C. Peeler. 2001 the role of calcineurin in angiotensin II signal transduction in cardiac fibroblasts. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, supplement 74: 149.  

Badorf M, A Duceman, C Lewis, B Pfefferkorn, T Roble, and T C Peeler. 2002  The role of focal adhesions in angiotensin II signal transduction in cardiac fibroblasts. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 75.  

Lanns, M, H. Messner, T. Pelc, and T. C. Peeler. 2003. The role of beta 8 integrin in the interaction between Schwann cells and extracellular matrix. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 76: 123.  

Barker, N, C. Meharg, and T. C. Peeler. 2003. The effects of angiotensin II and bradykinin stimulation on cytoskeletal rearrangement in neonatal rat cardiac fibroblasts. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 76: 107.  

Winegar, LT, L. McMillin and T. Peeler. 2004. Translating mission and planning into action: A case study of faculty/administrative collaboration. Association of American Colleges and Universities, Annual Meeting.  

Dillon, T, B. DeJoseph, C. Wendel, and T. C. Peeler. 2005. The role of beta 1 integrin in Schwann cell attachment to fibronectin. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 78: 110.  

Aye, Myo-Pale, and T. C. Peeler. 2006. The role of AT1 and AT2 receptors in AII stimulation of cardiac fibroblasts. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC. April 7.  

Stull, Alissa, and T. C. Peeler. 2006. The role of alpha-v beta-3 integrin in the angiotensin II stimulated increase in focal adhesion abundance in cardiac fibroblasts. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC. April 7.  

Conduah, Daisy, and T. C. Peeler. 2006. The role of extracellular matrix in angiotensin II stimulation of focal adhesion abundance in cardiac fibroblasts. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC. April 8.  

Burgess, Brian and Thomas Peeler. 2007. The binding of proteins in Schwann cells to the beta-8 cytoplasmic tail. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 80: 103.  

Nalls, Brian, Joseph Julian, and Thomas Peeler. 2007. The effects of cell surface protein knockdown on Schwann cell migration and morphology. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. San Rafael, CA, April 14.  

Marr, M., C. Morley, and T.C. Peeler. 2008. The effects of rho inactivation on Schwann cell cytoskeletal morphology in culture. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salisbury, MD, April 10.  

Thomas, S. and T.C. Peeler. 2009. Contribution of SNP RS6548238 to obesity. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wisconsin. April 17.  

Rejent, M. and T.C. Peeler. 2009. Utilizing genotyping technology to analyze single nucleotide polymorphisms. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 16.  

Halke, G. James, A, and T.C. Peeler. 2009. Investigating the interaction of beta-8 integrin with guanine dissociation inhibitor protein in Schwann cells. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 82: 150.  

Rejent, M., and T.C. Peeler. 2009. Utilizing genotyping technology to analyze single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, Supplement 82: 165.  

Rosencranz, J. and Peeler, T. C. 2010. The analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms and their association with abdominal aortic aneurysms. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula, Montana, April.  

Snyder, K., Weston, J., Peeler, T. C. 2010. The localization of guanine dinucleotide dissociation inhibitor in Schwann cells. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Missoula, Montana, April.  

Bailey, L., Corridoni, N., Russick, P., Peeler, T. C. 2011. Localization of guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor and alphaV beta8 integrin in Schwann cells. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ithaca, NY, March.  

Pahl, M. Peeler, T. C. 2012. MicroRNA expression profile in abdominal aortic aneurysm, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, March.  

Price, S., Turcich, R., Peeler, T. C. 2012. Schwann cell morphology and beta8 integrin localization on different ECMs. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, March.  

Arnold, J., Brown, C., Nylund, S., Peeler, T. C. 2013. The effect of extracellular matrix (ECM) on 3T3-L1 cell line proliferation and adipogenesis. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, April.  

Brittingham, J., Peeler, T. C. 2014. The effects of the artificial sweetener sucralose and the natural sweetener stevia on 3T3-L1 adipogenesis. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Kentucky, April.  

Gallub, J., Peeler, T. C. 2014. Characterization of protein expression in adipose tissue using a collagen type V knockout mouse model. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Kentucky, April.  

Beliveau, E., Codling, A., Keller, R., Peeler, T.C. 2015. The effects of the artificial sweetener sucralose on 3T3-L1 cell adipogenesis. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Eastern Washington University, April.  

Peeler, T. C., Packer, A., Peeler, M. T. 2015. Improving retention of underrepresented students in biology at a liberal arts college. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education. Seattle, November.  

Peeler, T. C., Packer, A., Peeler, M. T. 2015 Using NSF S-STEM support to improve retention of underrepresented students in a rural liberal arts college.  American Society for Cell Biology, Annual Meeting. San Diego, December.  

Warren, W, Frederic, W., Peeler, T. C. 2016. The effects of different extracellular matrices on 3T3-L1 cell adipogenesis. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of North Carolina, Asheville. April.  

Abrams, A., Mentch, C., Peeler, T. C. 2016. Examining the role of saccharin in stimulating adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of North Carolina, Asheville. April.  

Garner, T., Litton, C., Peeler, T. C. 2016. Identifying critical period for capsaicin's inhibitory effects on 3T3-L1 cell line. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of North Carolina, Asheville. April.  

Peeler, T. C, Packer, A., Peeler, M. T. 2016. Implementing an NSF S-STEM grant to improve retention of underrepresented biology majors. A success story! McAllister and Quinn, Innovations in STEM Education Workshop, June 30, 2016, Washington, DC.

Selected University Service
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee: 1991-present   Faculty Secretary: 1991-1992  

Faculty Development and Research Committee: 1994-1997  

Research Partners Coordinator: 1995-present  

University Council: 1998-2005   Speaker of the Faculty: 1999-2005, Fall 2015  

Strategic Planning Advisory Group: 2001-2003  

Middlestates Steering Committee: 2002-2003  

Middlestates Self Study Coordinator: 2003-2004  

Faculty Personnel Committee: 2004-2010  

New Science Building Committee: 2007-2010  

Committee on the Central Curriculum: 2007-present

Courses taught:

  • BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
  • BIOL-102L Cell Biology & Genetics Lab
  • BIOL-201 Genetics
  • BIOL-205 Organismal Biology
  • BIOL-316 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL-317 Molecular Biology Lab
  • BIOL-450 Advanced STEM Seminar
  • BIOL-504 Independent Study
  • BIOL-510 Student Research I
  • BIOL-560 Human Genetics
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives