Dr. Peoples received his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1989 from Purdue University. He was a National Research Council Fellow, and later a Senior Staff Fellow, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1998 he was appointed Chief of the Unit of Cellular Neuropharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Marquette University in August of 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2012.
Research in my laboratory has focused on defining the molecular mechanisms and sites of action of alcohols and other CNS depressants on the NMDA receptor. This has involved investigation of the specific sites and precise molecular mechanisms by which alcohols and related agents interact with NMDA receptors. Because these sites appear to be located in the membrane-associated domains of these receptors, this research has also involved characterizing the structure and function of these regions.