The IGBB is a university-wide research institute serving Mississippi State University, its faculty,
staff, and collaborators. The IGBB director answers to both of
the University's principal research administrators -- i.e., the Vice President
for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry & Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) and
the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (ORED). Part of the hard funding for the IGBB is provided by the Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and thus the IGBB director also reports to the MAFES director and the CVM dean. All IGBB
staff including current associate directors (if applicable), research faculty, research
associates, and professional staff members answer either directly or indirectly
to the IGBB director.
The IGBB is one of several member institutes comprising the University's High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²). The IGBB Director serves on the HPC Operations Board along with the other HPC² institute directors.
There are many faculty located in academic departments around campus that utilize and collaborate with the IGBB. Of note, faculty that submit grant proposals through the IGBB are provided with special fellow benefits including use of the HPC² supercomputers (see Proposal Partnerships). In addition, the IGBB director can grant supercomputer access to those working on projects in association with the IGBB or those wishing to utilize the supercomputers to get preliminary data for preparation of a proposal to eventually be submitted through the IGBB.
Biography: Dr. Peterson was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. He earned his B.S. (Biology), M.S. (Botany/Cytogenetics), and Ph.D (Botany/Cell & Molecular Biology) degrees from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO). His research expertise is in genomics and cytogenetics. After 2.5 years as a postdoc at the University of Georgia, Peterson joined MS State (Aug. 2002) as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences. He became a full professor and was appointed IGBB director in 2012 (after serving one year as interim director). As IGBB director, Peterson is in charge of all aspects of IGBB operations including financial oversight, public relations, scientific vision, facility operation, and regulatory compliance.
Peterson is a two-time recipient of the MAFES Grantsmanship Award (2004 and 2007) and the 2013 recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Research Award. In 2020, Peterson was named a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, one of the highest academic honors bestowed by MS State.
Peterson teaches the graduate courses "Genomes & Genomics" and "Topics in Genomics" in alternating fall semesters.
Dan is married with two children. His hobbies include music (guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, vocals, etc.), graphic design, spectator sports (MS State athletics; Denver Broncos football; and Memphis Grizzlies basketball), movie viewing, coffee consumption, and Civil War history.