Wendy Peer

Associate Professor
University of Maryland College Park
Email: wapeer@umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-5491

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Biochemistry, genetics, live cell imaging, phenology, physiology, auxin homeostasis, flavonoid function, plant growth regulators/invasive species, metal-center proteins

Biographical Sketch

Wendy Peer is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, and affiliated with the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research.  She is also an adjunct assistant professor in The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. She earned B.S. degrees with honors in biology and chemistry from California State University, Bakersfield, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research integrates biochemistry at the cellular level, e.g. auxin homeostasis, flavonoid function, with physiology at the organismal level to what occurs on the broader scale in natural, agricultural and built ecosystems.  Her current research focuses on seedling establishment and the integration of developmental and environmental signals that lead to successful seedling establishment and the effects of environmental change that impact seedling establishment. Elucidating the mechanisms of successful seedling establishment will produce new strategies for food, fuel and environmental sustainability and security.  Researchgate profile


  • B.S. Chemistry (Honors) California State University, Bakersfield
  • B.S. Biology (Honors) California State University, Bakersfield
  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz

Other Research

Current research projects:

  • Maryland Yeast Project
  • Grain Quality Lab
  • Symbiosis
  • Plant growth regulators/ invasiveness
  • Auxin homeostasis in plant development
  • Metal-center proteins
  • Flavonoid functions

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