Peterson is currently working on chemical and enzymatic syntheses of new carbohydrate-based materials to produce gels, which could be broadly used across industries from different areas (food, health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paints and healthcare).
He obtained his degree as a pharmacist in 2005 at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences – University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). From the same institution, he achieved his Masters (2008) and PhD (2012) in organic chemistry – carbohydrate synthesis.
In 2012 he undertook his postdoctoral research at the Department of Chemistry – University of Cambridge (UK) to work on new approaches to synthesise stabilised α-helix mimetic inhibitors for protein-protein interactions (chemical biology – peptide synthesis).
In 2014 Peterson moved back to Brazil to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the design and synthesis of small molecules inhibitors toward enzymes involved in Alzheimer’s disease (medicinal chemistry – heterocycle synthesis).