James A. Peliska


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chemistry)
B.S., Northland College (Chemistry & Biology)


Academic positions

University of Mary
Administrative Chair of Math and Sciences
Professor of Biology
Pre-Medicine Program, program coordinator

Ave Maria University
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Michigan Medical School
Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry
Interdepartmental Faculty in Medicinal Chemistry



Chemistry and biology have long been considered separate disciplines, each applying its own technology and method to solve problems within their respective fields. The boundaries between the chemical and biological sciences are rapidly dissolving as scientists increasingly use chemical tools and concepts to explore mechanism, structure and function in complex biological systems at the biochemical, genetic and organismal level. The goal of the work in my lab is to develop new strategies to examine some of these exciting questions at the interface of chemistry and biology.