Peggy Cotter, Ph.D.

Peggy Cotter earned her B.A. in Microbiology and Psychobiology from UCLA. She completed a Medical Technology training program at BioScience Laboratories and worked as a Med Tech for six years before returning to UCLA to earn her Ph.D. in Micro- Biology and Molecular Genetics in 1992.

She conducted post- doctoral studies at UCLA in Microbiology & immunology and then established her own laboratory at UC Santa Barbara in 2001.

In 2009, Dr. Cotter moved to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her lab studies interbacterial cooperation and competition in Burkholderia species and molecular mechanisms of virulence in Bordetella species.

Outside the lab, Dr. Cotter loves outdoor activities including golf, bicycling, hiking, and spending time with her granddaughter Indie. 


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