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University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Letters & Science
Faculty Emeriti or Retired Staff
Dr. Petering is internationally recognized for his research on metals in biological systems, with long standing programs in understanding the toxicology of metals, how the nutritionally essential metal zinc is metabolized, and the means by which metal complexes attack tumor cells. He co-directs a precollege science education program, funded for 25 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), that is focused on providing middle and high school students with authentic experiences in doing and communicating research. Professor Petering previously served for 29 years as director of two National Institutes of Health centers focused on children’s environmental health. He provided the faculty leadership that led to decision to form the Zilber School of Public Health and has played a central role in the transition of UWM to a top-tier research university.