Peabody received B.S degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University in 1975 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Utah in 1980. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1981 to 1984 in the laboratory of Paul Berg. He came to the University of New Mexico as an Assistant Professor in 1984.

Personal Statement

Areas of Specialty

Molecular Biology of RNA bacteriophages and use of RNA phage virus-like particles as platforms for peptide display and vaccine development.

Achievements & Awards

James W. Prahl Memorial Award, University of Utah School of Medicine, 1980.
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund, 1981-1983.
Excellence in Teaching Award, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1990.
Science and Technology Corporation Innovation Fellow Award, 2017.
Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, elected 2019.
Excellence in Team Science Award, Office of Research, UNM SOM, 2020.




  • English
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Courses Taught

BIOM 644 - Gene Expression
BIOM 507 - Advanced Molecular Biology
BIOM 522 - Methods in Molecular Biology

Research and Scholarship

Peabody, D.S. (1993) The RNA-Binding Site of Bacteriophage MS2 Coat Protein. EMBO J. 12: 595-600.
Peabody, D.S. and Lim, F. (1996) Complementation of RNA Binding Site Mutations in Heterodimers of Bacteriophage MS2 Coat Protein. Nucleic Acids Res. 24: 2352-2359.
Peabody, D.S. (1997) Engineering Tolerance to Peptide Insertions in a Viral Coat Protein. Arch. Bioch. Biophys. 347: 85-92.
Peabody, DS, Manifold-Wheeler, B, Medford, A, Jordan SK, Caldeira, JC and Chackerian, B (2008) Immunogenic Display of Diverse Peptides on Virus-like Particles of RNA Phage MS2. J. Mol. Biol. J. Mol. Biol. 380: 252-263.
Caldeira Jdo C, Medford A, Kines RC, Lino CA, Schiller JT, Chackerian B, Peabody DS. Immunogenic display of diverse peptides, including a broadly cross-type neutralizing human papillomavirus L2 epitope on virus-like particles of RNA bacteriophage PP7. (2010)Vaccine 28: 4384-4393.
Chackerian, B, Caldeira, JC, Peabody, J, and Peabody, DS (2011) Peptide Epitope Identification By Affinity-Selection On Bacteriophage MS2 Virus-like Particles. J. Mol. Biol. 409: 225-237.