Sherket Peterson, Ph.D., attended MMEP in 2002 at Duke University. Dr. Sherket Peterson is Research Fellow at one of the nation’s very first and most prestigious research institutions, Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanism that links hyperglycemia to the progression of diabetic nephropathy to aid in the development of therapeutics that may combat this long-term complication of diabetes. While pursuing her interest in medicine, she stumbled upon a greater passion for research. Throughout her research career, Dr. Peterson has had the opportunity to perform research at Rice University, Texas Heart Institute, Pfizer, and UNC at Chapel Hill. Sherket does research just for the “love of it.” Her undying enthusiasm for research has sparked a flicker in others as well, allowing her to publish in high-impact journals and to receive research grants from such institutions as National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Peterson also has a passion for education, promoting higher education and education programs to STEM students at several universities and conferences year round. She enjoys interacting with students and serves on the review committee for education programs at Johns Hopkins University. Sherket is extremely enthusiastic about SMDEP. She participated in the program when it was known as MMEP. Dr. Peterson also serves faithfully on the SMDEP Alumni National Advisory Board where she is chair for the MentorNet Initiative, a program that matches health professionals with undergraduates in medical, dental, or graduate school.

Sherket Peterson, Ph.D. was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Norfolk State University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.