Suzanne Peterson, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Suzanne has her BS in Biology from Scripps College, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Southern California, and is a noted expert in cell culture, characterization and differentiation.   She has authored numerous scientific articles and publications, including the authoritative “Human Stem Cell Manual:  A Laboratory Guide, 2nd Edition” (Elsevier, 2012) that is a comprehensive guide for stem cell researchers across the globe.  

Most recently, Suzanne was Senior Scientist and Project Manager at Genea Biocells, where she identified a developmental defect in muscle cells generated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) derived from infants affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  From there, she established a high throughput screening platform, identified several candidate small molecules that rescue the developmental defect, and characterized several bioenergetic defects in hPSC-derived SMA muscle that could be rescued by small molecules identified in her screen.  

Previously, she served for many years as Director of Operations for the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute, where she was involved in a number of different projects, ranging from the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from endangered marine species to the development of assays to gauge the immunogenicity of hPSC-derived cell types that may be used for transplantation.   Earlier in her career, she was a Research Associate in the Dept. of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute, and a Research Specialist in Hematology and Oncology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Suzanne is an ocean lover who is looking forward to using her cell culture expertise to develop new, sustainable sources of seafood.