An outstanding AU graduate, Eric Peatman

Eric James Peatman was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from William S. Hart High School, Newhall, California, in 1999. After short stints in both Auburn’s political science and pre-vet programs, he decided to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. He graduated summa cum laude in December 2002, and quickly began work on a master’s degree in Fisheries in the Fish Genomics and Biotechnology lab under the supervision of Dr. John Liu. Eric’s research generated genetic resources necessary for the construction of an oyster microarray, a genomic tool currently being used to study oyster gene expression patterns in the context of stress and disease. After successful completion of his master’s research in 2004, he applied and was accepted into Auburn’s Cell and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) interdepartmental program for doctoral studies. After CMB rotations, he returned to the Fish Genomics lab to conduct genomic research on catfish. His doctoral research combined the fields of immunology, bioinformatics, and genomics to study immune gene components of channel catfish. During his coursework at Auburn (229 credit hours total) he received an “A” in all courses.
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He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and 2 book chapters on his research during his time at Auburn and has presented his research at scientific meetings both in the United States and abroad. He received the National Aquaculture Genome Travel Award in 2005 for his outstanding presentation at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference. He graduated with his doctoral degree in May 2007, serving in the honorary role of graduate marshal to Auburn’s Graduate School. He is currently continuing his research training as a NIH postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pathology of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. In the future, he hopes to apply cutting-edge techniques from the field of human medicine towards developing therapeutic solutions to diseases prevalent among aquaculture fish species. Eric is married to Allison Peatman (AU graduate 2003), and they have a 1.5 year-old son, Henry Leighton Peatman. They currently reside in Decatur, GA. Let's hear it for Eric!

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