Samantha L. Peters

Samantha L Peters

Samantha Peters is a postdoctoral researcher in the Integrative Microbiomics Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with experience in using biological mass spectrometry to explore complex environmental systems. Her research focuses on developing and applying novel mass spectrometry-based metaproteomics and metabolomics approaches to quantitatively analyze microbiome metabolic functions and understand interkingdom interactions, behaviors, and dynamics within microbial communities.

She earned a B.S. in Microbiology at South Dakota State University before joining the Discovery Sciences Division at SomaLogic in Boulder, CO, where she designed and characterized aptamers to facilitate disease biomarker discovery and validation. She earned a Ph.D. from the Genome Science and Technology program at the University of Tennessee.  Her dissertation work was conducted in the Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and focused on the implementation of metaproteomics approaches to study the functionality of the human gut microbiome pertaining to community response to dietary changes, and the establishment of early-life dysbiotic communities.