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|Office:||High Performance Computing Building A131|
|Office Phone:||(662) 325-2747|
|Biography:||Daniel G. Peterson (Dan) was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. His parents, Noel and Virginia, still reside in the Durango area. He has two older sisters (Kristin and Karen) and an identical twin brother (Dale).
He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University.
Dr. Peterson has two children, Grant and Lindy (born 2002 and 2005, respectively).
|Research Interest:||Dr. Peterson's research is focused on exploring the structure and evolution of eukaryotic genomes using genomic, cytogenetic, molecular biology, and computational biology techniques. By elucidating and comparing the sequences of genes and repeat sequences from a diverse group of organisms he hopes to illuminate trends in molecular evolution and discover sequences responsible for economic and adaptive traits. Such research may ultimately lead to agricultural plant/animal improvement through marker-aided selection strategies and/or genetic engineering. Additionally, Dr. Peterson is investigating repetitive DNA sequences and their role in genome evolution. By integrating cytological, molecular, and genomic data, he is working to illuminate relationships between DNA sequence, chromosome structure, gene expression, and recombination. At present, the research organisms Peterson is studying include cotton (Gossypium spp.), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), reniform nematode (Rotylenchulus reniformis), cattle tick (Rhipicephalus microplus), Australian saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), and Indian gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).|
|Hobbies:||Dr. Peterson's primary hobby is music. He plays guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, mandolin, and drums. He is also a fan of MS State athletics (primarily football and basketball), the Denver Broncos (pro football), and the Memphis Grizzlies (pro basketball).|
|Total Publications by this Author: 45|