Jonathan Peterson was born and raised in Wisconsin where he stayed to complete a BS in Genetics and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with highest honors. While studying he was introduced to the joys of research, completing projects in neurodevelopment and genetics. He continued to foster this love for discovery after graduation, taking a research position at the Blood Center of Wisconsin where he published work on gene regulation in normal development and cancer. He then returned to his formal studies, completing an MD at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he also completed a Masters Degree in cell and molecular biology. Jonathan fell in love with ophthalmology during his rotations at the Scheie Eye Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and he is excited to continue his training at UPMC. His academic interests include gene regulation, stem cell biology, and gene therapy as well as medical student and resident education. He enjoys playing trumpet, cooking, and exploring all that Pittsburgh has to offer.