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OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship 

Materials Research Society / The Optical Society


Term: 2015-2016

Peter Winter
Dr. Peter W. Winter grew up in St. Louis, MO and received his B.A. in Chemistry from Colorado College in 2005. After completing his undergraduate work, Peter attended graduate school at Colorado State University and, in 2011, completed his Ph.D. in Cell & Molecular Biology. From 2011-2015, Peter trained as a National Institutes of Health IRTA postdoctoral fellow in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s Section on High Resolution Optical Imaging, where he developed novel fluorescence imaging tools for application in biological and clinical research. It was during his time at the NIH that Peter began to appreciate the need for, and impact of, input from scientists and engineers in the federal policymaking process.
Peter’s research has led to the publication of over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers, a book chapter, and invited presentations at conferences and universities around the world. Peter looks forward to leveraging his scientific background on a range of policy issues and believes that the pursuit of comprehensive, evidence-based, federal science and technology policy is vital to maintaining the United States standing in a changing global landscape. 
Peter is excited to spend a year working on the Hill as the 2015-2016 OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow. He intends to use his fellowship to learn more about the legislative process and federal science and technology policy.