BOZEMAN--Brent Peyton has been named the new director of Montana State University's Thermal Biology Institute. Peyton was TBI's associate director for the past five years.
Peyton is a professor in MSU's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Center for Biofilm Engineering. He conducts fundamental and applied research in the areas of biofuels, extremophiles and in situ biocatalyzed heavy metal transformations.
As TBI director, Peyton will oversee one of the university's premiere interdisciplinary research groups. Since 1999, TBI scientists and students have conducted research, education and outreach centered on the thermal features of Yellowstone National Park and have developed an international reputation for moving new science from discovery to application in the areas of bioremediation, alternative energy and medicine, among other industries. One of the institute's recent accomplishments was the hosting of the international Thermophiles Conference, which was held in Big Sky in September 2011.
Peyton said that he has benefited greatly from his affiliation with TBI and is excited to give back to the university community.
"My new role will allow me to accelerate the TBI momentum into new projects in research, education and outreach," Peyton said. "My goals include leveraging MSU's talent and state-of-the-art research facilities to put TBI researchers at the forefront of thermal biology and to help expand national and international collaborations in the area of thermal biology."
Peyton said he also plans to build and strengthen collaborative relationships within and beyond MSU, and to continue building the culture of outreach and education that has defined TBI's long-term success.
Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or firstname.lastname@example.org