Dr. Peter N. Devreotes is a professor of cell biology and biological chemistry in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the Isaac Morris and Lucille Elizabeth Hay Professor and director of the Department of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins.
His research focuses on the genetic analysis of chemotaxis in eukaryotic cells. Specifically, his lab studies how cells sense their surroundings and move directionally in processes like embryogenesis, wound healing, and immune response. His lab uses live-cell and single-molecule imaging, genetic analysis in the model organism Dictyostelium, and mathematical modeling to understand mechanisms of directed cell migration.
Dr. Devreotes received his B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, and completed a Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. After a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at the University of Chicago, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor in 1980. He became an associate professor in 1985 and accepted the title of full professor in 1987.
Dr. Devreotes is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He has received numerous honors of distinction for his work, including an NIH Merit Award, and serves on several professional committees and councils. He has authored or co-authored more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, and has conducted seminars, keynotes and guest lectures at universities and symposiums around the world.