Rebecca Peters


  • University of New Haven, 2019, B.S. General Biology
  • University of New Haven, 2019, B.S. Forensic Science

Brief Biography

I am originally from a small town in northern New Hampshire. My passion for science budded as a high school intern in the microbiology lab at a hospital near me. I continued as an undergraduate student at the University of New Haven where I majored in forensic science and general biology. During my time there, I studied the efficiency of DNA recovery after cyanoacrylate fuming. Additionally, I interned for over two years with the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network.

My current research in the Motyl lab at MaineHealth Institute for Research (MHIR) focuses on understanding the role of the sympathetic nervous system in bone remodeling. My project specifically investigates how the sympathetic nervous system acts through beta-adrenergic signaling in osteoclasts. Additionally, my research works to understand how beta-blockers work as a possible treatment for osteoporosis.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my dog and family and being outdoors hiking and paddleboarding.


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