John Peles, Ph.D.

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Professor, Biology
Ostermayer Laboratory, 209
Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

Fall 2022 Semester


On-Campus Office Hours:

  • Tuesday - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dr. John Peles is a Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the Biobehavioral Health Degree program at Penn State Greater Allegheny.  A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Peles earned an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and an MS in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his Ph.D. in Zoology at Miami University and was a postdoctoral associate with the University of Georgia at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.  His research interests include the influence of toxicant exposure on physiological parameters in aquatic organisms, the use of biochemical markers as indicators of contaminant exposure, and the study of uptake and distribution of environmental contaminants in natural systems.  Dr. Peles has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  He also has published numerous book chapters and has co-edited two books.  In 20 years at Penn State, Dr. Peles has taught 22 different courses covering a wide variety of subjects including introductory biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology, ecology, biostatistics, biochemistry, and behavioral genetics.

Physiological and biochemical responses of aquatic organisms to environmental toxicants, factors influencing the uptake and distribution of radionuclides in aquatic organisms

Recent Publications:

Peles, J. D. 2013. Effects of chronic aluminum and copper exposure on growth and development of wood frog (Rana sylvatica) larvae. Aquatic Toxicology 141:242-248

Ph.D. in Zoology, 1995, Miami University

M.S. in Biology, 1991, IUP

B.S. in Environmental Health, 1989, IUP

BBH 440
Ostermayer Laboratory 206
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
BBH 451
On-Line (WEB) Classes
BBH 496
By Appointment
BMB 211
On-Line (WEB) Classes
BMB 496
By Appointment