Dr. Peters received a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2002 from the University of Toledo Health Science Center (formally known as the Medical College of Ohio) where she initially learned the laws, policies and procedures of writing and winning Federal grants. Immediately after graduation, she joined Gene Express Inc., a molecular diagnostic company. At Gene Express, Dr. Peters held several positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Science and Innovative Technologies that afforded her the experience of executing teaming agreements, winning state and Federal grants and contracts, managing post-award activities of government contracts as well as leading projects that involved collaboration between academic, commercial, and government organizations.
In 2009, she co-founded the Astilbe Group, a certified women-owned, minority-owned, consulting firm that enables small businesses to navigate through the Federal contracting procurement process. She has written, won, and successfully managed the post-award activities of Federal contracts from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Defense, Transportation, and Energy for several organizations. Dr. Peters has an appointment with the University of Michigan managing the TRAILS program in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Peters is an experienced leader and an active member of the Michigan Diversity Collaboration (MiDiCo) and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Great Lakes. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Greg, and their two daughters, Kaylie (12) and Abigail (8).