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Assistant Medical

Denver, Colorado, United States
October 31, 2016

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Benjamin Peterson

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Denver, CO 80206



Jan. 2016-Present Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado

Parkinson’s Research

Principal Investigator: Gidon Felsen

Project Summary: By using 6-OHDA injections to the right substancia nigra and recording via an implanted tetrode within the substancia nigra, we can study the behavioral changes of decision making of a mouse with Parkinson's disease. This will give us insight as to the pathways and neural activity of Parkinson's disease..

Training and Techniques: Writing Protocols and Techniques, Neural Recording, Design and Building of Research Apparatuses, Research Method Design, Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Neural Electrode Drive Building, Animal Behavior Design, Histology/Sectioning, Neural Processing, Clustering, Matlab, Lab Management, Finances and Ordering,.

Jun. 2015-Dec. 2015 Research Fellow, University of Minnesota

Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Principal Investigator: Noam Harel

Advisor: Remi Patriat

Project Summary: Improving targeting of Basal Ganglia for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery by using 7 tesla MRI scanners and segmentation. Also researching the neuropathogenesis of parkinsons via resting state MRI.

Training and Techniques: MRI registration, Segmentation of Anatomical Structures (Subthalamic Nucleus, Substancia Nigra, Red Nucleus, Globus Paladus Internal, Globus Paladus External), MRI Registration Techniques, Command Line Operated Programs.

Jul. 2015-Dec. 2015 Research Fellow, University of Minnesota

Human Connectome Project, Lifespan Study

Principal Investigator: Essa Yacoub

Project Summary: Creating a database of 3T and 7T MRI’s of various sequences and ages.

Training and Techniques: Operation of Simmons 7T and 3T MRI scanners on volunteer subjects.

Jan. 2014- Mar. 2015 Research Assistant, University of Minnesota

“Decellularization and Recellularization of Mouse Heart”

Principal Investigator: Joseph Metzger

Advisor: Joshua Martindale

Project Summary: Decellularized a mouse heart with SDS to establish a biological matrix. Reperfuse the biological matrix with neonatal rat cardiac myocytes to grow new cardiac tissue.

Training and Techniques: Experiment Design and Development, Rat and Mouse Thoracotomy, Rodent and Mouse IP injections, Functional Heart Cannulation of Extracted Heart, Primary Myocyte Isolation, Cell Culture, SDS Assay, Analysis of Histological Samples Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013 Biomedical Engineer, Medtronic, Fridley, MN.

Evaluate alleged product malfunctions regarding neuromodulation products and determine if further investigation is necessary. Specifically trained to assess intrathecal infusion pump malfunctions.

Perform complaint investigations, document investigation results, and maintain records of investigation using global complaint handling system and documented quality system in compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485:2003

Assess complaints regarding neuromodulation products for MDR/ADR reportability using global complaint handling system and documented quality system in compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 820 and ISO 13485:2003

Nov. 2009-May 2012 Rock Wall Belay Team. Tostrud St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

Certified in proper belaying techniques, safety protocol, and rock wall and lead climbing; facilitate new and experienced climbers. CPR and First Aid Certified

Jun. 2011-Dec. 2011 Certified Nursing Assistant Stadter Psychiatric Center, Grand Forks, ND.

Assisted with the daily cares of mentally ill geriatric patients with patience, tolerance, and a great deal of communication amidst this intensive nursing home care atmosphere.

Developed and utilized many medical skills.

Gained deeper understanding of psychiatric illness. Nov. 2005-Apr. 2008 Certified Nursing Assistant Aurora Family Physicians, Grand Forks, ND.

Self-driven to accomplish a variety of tasks, with or without prior knowledge, up to standard including: equipment sterilization, computer repair, computer networking, assembly, and facilities maintenance. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Assistant, St. Olaf College

“Human Scent Differentiation”

Supervisor: Douglas Beussman

Project Summary: GC-MS chemical analysis of human skin cell degradation in efforts to identify compositional compounds dogs smell in locating a person of interest. In collaboration with the FBI.

Training and techniques: GC-MS, HPLC, SPME fiber, Data Analysis. EDUCATION

2013-2015 B.A. Physiology, University of Minnesota, MN 2008-2012 B.A. Physics and Chemistry, Saint Olaf College, MN SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE

Vpython, Command Line, Matlab, Labview, Mathcad, Ansys, Freesurfer, Avizo, ITK-snap, Excel, Word, Powerpoint


Biomedical Imaging, Advanced Physics of MRI, Neuromodulation, Electronics, Systems Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience Lab, Pharmacology of the Synapse, Quantum Physics, Statistical Mechanics, Modern Physics, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Stress Physiology, Anatomy, Physiology.


2014 Peterson B, Metzger J, Martindale, J(2014) “Decellularization and Recellularization of Mouse Heart”, Marzolf Symposium Poster Session, Minneapolis, MN.


2014 Gregory Marzolf Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellowship $3000

(PI: J Metzger)


2014-2015 MRI Volunteer Subject,

Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Donated time as a volunteer human subject for research projects ranging from structural joint MRI to spectroscopy to DTI imaging.

Summer 2011 Volunteer, Surgical Medical Trip. Kenya, Africa.

Spent a week intensive medical trip in Malindi, Kenya with a collaborative group of surgeons and doctors where daily operations ranged from taking blood pressure to aiding operations to giving spinal taps.

2010-2012 Officer and President of Swing Club,

Maintained a local dance scene by coordinating and teaching weekly lessons for 50-150 people. Organized 2-3 dance annual events including SOLfest, which involved organizing an entire weekend event for 150 dancers and hiring 8 instructors.


2008 . Saint Olaf Violin Scholarship. An audition based 4 year scholarship.

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