Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson

Graduate Student


I received my BS in Biology from Northern Michigan University in 2014 followed by an MS in Biology in 2017. During my MS, I trained in the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at Northern Michigan University where I studied protein-protein interactions at the surface of glioblastoma brain tumor cells and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant. After my MS, I worked as a Research Technician at the Van Andel Research Institute in the Grohar Lab of Translational Sarcoma Therapeutics, characterizing drug candidates for the treatment of Ewing sarcoma. I joined the Cancer Biology Program here at the University of Michigan in 2019 and I will be completing my thesis work in the lab of Dan Wahl, studying adult and pediatric brain tumors. In my free time I enjoy cooking, video games, hunting, fishing, and frisbee golf.

Research Interests

My project is focused on identifying metabolic genes that promote radiation therapy resistance in a treatment-resistant and universally fatal form of pediatric brain cancer known as DIPG.


General wet lab techniques, CRISPR/Cas9 screening and single gene editing technology, cell culture, neurosphere culture


"Identification of H3K27M-specific metabolic mediators of radiation resistance in diffuse midline glioma", Authors: Erik Peterson (Primary), Peter Sajjakulnukit, Daniel Wahl, Location: Origins of Cancer Symposium, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI


Rogel Cancer Center PIBS Scholarship 2021