Prof. Koulen Peter

Prof. Koulen Peter

Professor and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research

University of Missouri
Kansas, United States of America

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Peter Koulen, PhD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Basic Medical Science and also the Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research at University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine, since January 2009. Dr. Koulen serves as Director of Basic Research at the UMKC's Vision Research Center. His research includes optical imaging, electrophysiology and biochemistry to elucidate mechanisms underlying basic cellular and pathophysiological processes. The goal of his research is the development of pharmacological and molecular biological treatments for age related diseases, glaucoma, AMD, stroke, ischemia, polycystic kidney disease, and neurological disorders. Dr. Koulen also serves as a Reviewer for national and international as well as private and governmental funding agencies including National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association, and National Science Foundation.

Academic positions:


1. 1989 – 1997: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


1. January 2009 – Present: Professor and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research; University of Missouri-Kansas City
2. July 2001 – December 2008: Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience; University of North Texas Health Science Center
3. 2001 – 2008: Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience; UNTHSC
4. 1998 – 2001: postdoctoral fellow; Yale University

Honors & Awards

1. 2013: N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creativity; University of Missouri - Kansas City
2. 2012: Award of Excellence; Lions Club International District 26-M5
3. 2010: Top Reviewer in 2009; Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Additional Honors & Awards

1. 2008: Healthcare Hero Award, Dallas Business Journal
2. 2006: Forty Under Forty Award, Fort Worth Business Press
3. 2005-2006: New Investigator Research Grant awarded by the Alzheimer’s Association
4. 2003: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Memorial Travel Award
5. 2003: Scholar of the Society of Biological Psychiatry
6. 2002-2004: Young Investigator Award, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
7. 2002: 2002 ARVO Travel fellowship grant awarded by ARVO and the National Eye Institute
8. 2002: Research Rising Star Award, University of North Texas Health Science Center
9. 2000: ranked 4th in productivity among scientist in Ophthalmology in Germany and Switzerland by the scientific journal Laborjournal
10. 2000: Erik B. Fries Endowed and Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship awarded by the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
11. 2000: National Kidney Foundation Research Fellowship awarded by the National Kidney Foundation

Research interests:

Biomedical research and education, neuroscience, pharmacology, ophthalmology, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cell biology

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