Robert W. Peoples, Ph.D.

Robert W. Peoples, Ph.D.

Dr. Peoples received his Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1989 from Purdue University. He was a National Research Council Fellow, and later a Senior Staff Fellow, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1998 he was appointed Chief of the Unit of Cellular Neuropharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Marquette University in August of 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2012.


  • B.S. 1983, Purdue University
  • Ph.D. 1989, Purdue University
  • National Research Council Associate, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 1990-1993
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, 1993-1998

Research in the Peoples Lab

Research in my laboratory has focused on defining the molecular mechanisms and sites of action of alcohols and other CNS depressants on the NMDA receptor. This has involved investigation of the specific sites and precise molecular mechanisms by which alcohols and related agents interact with NMDA receptors. Because these sites appear to be located in the membrane-associated domains of these receptors, this research has also involved characterizing the structure and function of these regions.

Dr. Peoples' research page

Teaching Information

  • BISC 1001: Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Sciences
  • BISC 3150: General Pathology
  • BISC 7517/7518: Biomedical Systems 3 & 4
  • BIOL 8501: Neuroscience 1: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • BIOL 8503: Techniques in Neuroscience Research
  • BIOL 8505: Advanced Survey in Neuroscience 2

Dr. Peoples' complete CV