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About Diana Peterson

I have taught gross anatomy and neuroscience for over 20 years. I love finding unique ways to help students remember and utilize their knowledge in their clinical careers. I have taught clinical (medical, veterinary, physical therapy), graduate, and undergraduate students over my career and have been privileged to mentor several in their research endeavors. My research students have been invited to give both national and international talks, have published in excellent peer-reviewed journals, and have received local and national grants. I have also enjoyed the role of mentor to both basic science and clinical faculty. I enjoy assisting others in their endeavors to advance both their research and career goals.

My second set of experiments examines how the gut microbiota influences brain function. Prior experiments in this field have shown that the organisms in the gut can directly affect brain activity. They can have either positive or negative effects depending on which microorganisms are prominent. By altering diet, we can promote the growth of the "good" microorganisms, and thus directly influence specific circuits within the brain. Progress in this set of experiments may help us utilize food as a therapy for a variety of psychiatric and mood disorders.


Present Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Bio-Medical Sciences


2020 - 2021 Limbic Circuits and Gut-Brain Interactions
2018 - 2019 Integration of Basic Science with Clinical Curriculums: Student Growth in Clinical Reasoning and Communication through Practice
High Point University
HPU Growth Mindset Pedagogy Grant
Colleague(s): R. Hamel
2015 - 2016 Examination of short-term learning outcome measures: cadaveric versus two-dimensional learning tools
Illinois State University
ISU Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
2014 - 2015 Society for Neuroscience Chapter Grant 2014
Society for Neuroscience
Role: PI
2010 - 2015 Amygdalar modulation of processing in auditory cortex
National Institutes of Health - DC010245
Small Grant Program
Role: PI
2014 Distinguished Traveling Scholar Award 2014
Society for Neuroscience
Role: PI
2013 - 2014 Distinguished Traveling Scholar Award 2013
Society for Neuroscience
Role: PI
2013 - 2014 GABAergic Neurons are Preferentially Damaged During Blast-Pressure Wave Induced Traumatic Brain Injury
Illinois State University
CVM Seed Grant
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Member, International Women of Scientific Influence and Leadership
2011 - Present Member, American Association of Anatomists
2000 - Present Member, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2000 - Present Member, Society for Neuroscience
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 Who’s Who in North American Education
  • 2014-16 Covington Who’s Who in North American Education
  • 2013 Academic Achievement Award, article recognition
  • 2013 Who’s Who in Academia, Honorable Mention in article by Stephen Bozanek
  • 2013 Who’s Who in Industry
  • 2010-13 Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals
  • 2010 Academic Keys Who’s Who in Veterinary Medicine Higher Education


  • DO 111G Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine
  • BIOM 550G Research Survey Seminar
  • DONL 337 C02 Elective Rotation Ultrasound Block 2
  • DONL 337 Elective Rotation Ultrasound Block 1
  • DO 130G Clinical and Basic Neuroscience


PhD, University of Louisville Medical School ‐ Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology
BS, Indiana University ‐ Biology

Contact Information

P: 678-225-7463


Scholarly Articles (14)

Book Chapters (11)