Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering and Toxicology, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences
areas of expertise: bioanalytical chemistry, nucleic acid chemical biology, biological mass spectrometry and bioanalytical chemistry, dna biomechanics, biomarkers of disease, chemical biology of inflammation and cancer, nucleic acid modifications in bacterial pathogenesis, mechanisms of cellular response, metabolomics, dna damage and repair, purine metabolomics, mechanisms of action of chemotherapeutic agents
Peter Dedon is the Underwood-Prescott Professor of Biological Engineering and Toxicology in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT and is also the Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Science.
Following graduation with a BA in chemistry from St. Olaf College in 1979, he obtained an MD and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Rochester in 1987, and joined the toxicology faculty at MIT in 1991. Dedon's research program addresses the chemical biology linking bacterial infections, inflammation and human diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis. His research group approaches these problems by developing ultra-sensitive chemical tools to characterize and quantify normal and damaged molecules in cells and tissues, with the goal developing of biomarkers of exposure, pathophysiology and disease risk.
Recent efforts involve developing tools to study the system of metabolic changes in human and bacterial cells exposed to the chemical mediators of inflammation produced by macrophages and neutrophils.
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