Dr. Peterson is an expert in experimental therapeutics, antibiotic resistance, and microbial pathogenesis. She has 20+ years of experience in the development of new therapeutics for infectious diseases. Her experience encompasses bench-to-bedside translational applications based on preclinical research. Before establishing Extherid Biosciences, Dr. Peterson was a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology. At the University, she successfully established a research program and led multimillion-dollar research projects with the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and various foundations and industrial partners. She holds a significant patent portfolio for her discoveries, one of which served as the basis for the establishment of a clinical stage start-up company, Hennepin Life Sciences. In 2014, the Minnesota Business Magazine selected Dr. Peterson as a Change Agent finalist for the Leaders in Health Care Awards. She earned a PhD in Infection from the University of Birmingham Medical School, United Kingdom and PharmD and BS degrees from the University of Minnesota.