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John Peters named fellow by American Academy of Microbiology

PULLMAN, Wash. – John Peters, director of Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, has been named a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Formal profile photo of John Peters in outdoor setting
John Peters, WSU Institute of Biological Chemistry, earns dual fellowships with AAM and AAAS

This is John Peters’ second such honor in the last three months — late last fall he was named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions in chemistry.

The American Academy of Microbiology represents the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.Peters’ work involves understanding energy use in living creatures at the microbial level.

“I hope the work I’ve done with my colleagues brings a better understanding of how living organisms use energy, leading to reduced fertilizer use or increased efficiency in our use of energy,” Peters said. “This research we’ve done lays the groundwork to help grow crops or make energy production and utilization more efficient.”

Peters said he also is proud of the recognition in two completely different fields: chemistry and microbiology.

“It says a lot about the scope of our program and what we do to advance science,” he said.