Sue Peters is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist with a strong research interest in the area of exposomic or environmental impacts on developmental brain health. In October 2017, Sue completed her doctorate in the Behavioral and Neural Sciences Graduate Program at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University – Newark. She received funding from the NIH, NSF, Salk Institute, and the crowdfunding scientific research organization Experiment.com, for her research. Sue received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science, from the Grove School of Engineering at City College of New York in 2008, which was a continuation of her studies in biomedical engineering over a decade prior, having left academia to co-found a startup technology company in 1999.
Her research focus has been primarily in the characterization of infant brain rhythms during sleep using high resolution electroencephalography (EEG). Her work is focused on the development of neurophysiologic, autonomic and circadian sleep patterns during infancy, and how they are related to brain development and in particular myelination patterns, and later cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Specific microstructural components of infant sleep are thought to represent active brain development and information processing and gaining a better understanding of these features may contribute to more powerful diagnostic tools, or biomarkers of, interventions for and prevention of developmental disorders in the future. Sue has also had a long career in mobile technology, business development, with several startup companies and has also applied her experience exploring how safe mobile sensing technologies could allow for more ethological and continuous measures of individual variability across development, particularly as it applies to measures of sleep.
Sue spent 18 months as a member of the inaugural class of fellows, as a Senior Science Fellow at the Children’s Health Defense (CHD), working on various research projects, including My Cycle Story projects, writing for the Defender, and teaching science seminars to the fellows and staff at CHD.
In general, her experience in various industries including wireless technology, pharmaceutical, academic research, both private and public or federal funding of scientific research, and medical health freedom, provides a unique foundation as a contributor to the mission of My Cycle Story.