Biography. Peter grew up in Rockville, MD, where he first fostered his love for science while visiting the Smithsonian museums. Over the summer of 2009 he interned at the Food and Drug Administration, helping develop methods to detect hazardous chemicals in juices. At Boston University, he did his undergraduate research under the supervision of Professor Linda H. Doerrer, where he worked with fluorinated alkoxide ligands for the stabilization of high oxidation states of transition metal complexes. As a member of the Owen group, Peter is investigating how the surface chemistry of quantum dots influences the conductance of nanocrystal materials. In his free time, Peter enjoys racing triathlons and doing other outdoor activities, as well as rocking out at shows and grooving on his bass.