Peter Preusch, Ph.D, is the Biophysics Branch chief in the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences. He oversees research grants on the biophysics of nucleic acids and nucleoprotein complexes, and of membranes and membrane proteins. Prior to the reorganization of NIGMS in 2018, he served as the Biophysics Branch chief in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, handling grants on nucleic acids and on theoretical and computational studies of proteins and ligand interactions. He served as the acting division director in 2017. He previously managed NIGMS training grants in the Pharmacological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Medical Scientist Training, and from 2006-2007 served as the acting NIH training officer in the Office of Extramural Programs, NIH. He was part of the PSI:Biology management team and a co-leader of the NIH Common Fund Structural Biology Program on Membrane Protein Structure. He was a program director in the NIGMS Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry from 1992-2007. Prior to joining NIGMS, he was a scientific review administrator at what is now the NIH Center for Scientific Review.
Preusch earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cornell University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught chemistry at the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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