WebmedCentral Editor
View all WebmedCentral Editors
No Image

Dr. Justin Peacock

Resident Physician
San Antonio Military Medical Center

Brief Biography:

During my undergraduate years at Brigham Young University, I worked in a lab that designed new ways of modifying silicon surfaces for bio-functionality. I also helped to analyze those surfaces using X-ray Photoelectric Spectroscopy. I also worked in a lab designing novel anti-cancer agents capable of cleaving DNA on UV-induced photo-activation. I graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biochemistry with Honors and a minor in Physics. I came to Yale University to obtain a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. I obtained NSF and NIH graduate research fellowships to conduct research on the Abl family kinases and their role in neuron degeneration and cancer metastasis. Using biochemical, cell biology, and imaging techniques, I discovered the role of Abl-related gene in controlling adhesion and contractility within migrating fibroblasts. I then came to Mayo medical school on a US Air Force HPSP scholarship to obtain a MD. I have been working with several groups on projects ranging from liver transplantation to radiation oncology. My interests have focused on pursuing a career in diagnostic radiology.


Academic positions:


1. 2010-2014: MD; Mayo Clinic Medical School
2. 2006-2010: PhD Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Yale University
3. 2004-2006: MPhil Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Yale University
4. 1998-1999, 2001-2004: BS Biochemistry with Honors (Physics Minor); Brigham Young University


1. 2013: Mayo Medical School; Teaching Assistant for Pathology Block
2. 2004-2009: Yale University; Biochemistry/Cell Biology PhD candidate Graduate Student
3. 2005-2006: Yale University; Teaching Fellow/Head Teaching Fellow for MB&B 300 (Biochemistry I)
4. 2002-2004: Brigham Young University; Surface/Analytical Chemistry Research Assistant
5. 2003: Brigham Young University; Bio-organic Chemistry Cancer Research Fellow

Honors, Awards, and Societies


1. US Air Force HPSP Medical Scholarship
2. National Institutes of Health – NRSA individual Predoctoral Fellowship
3. American Foundation for Aging Research Graduate Research Fellowship
4. Yale University Sterling Fellowship
5. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
6. Recipient of BYU Cancer Research Center Undergraduate Fellowship
7. Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Scholarships
8. Office of Research and Creative Activities Undergraduate Research Awards
9. BYU Heritage Scholarship - four years, full-tuition

Professional Awards

1. US Air Force Officer Training School Distinguished Graduate – awarded to the top 10% of officer trainees in the class of June 2011
2. Best Oral Presentation Award at 3rd Biennial American Foundation for Aging Research/Glaxo Smith Kline Aging Symposium
3. Outstanding Presentation in American Foundation for Aging Research Online Symposium
4. Peacock, J.G. et al. MBOC paper nominated as an “InCytes” paper in ASCB “InCytes” report.
5. Adhesion Society’s Peeble’s Award to attend and present research orally at the 30th Annual Adhesion Society meeting in February 2007
6. ASCB/Worthington Biochemical Pre-doctoral Travel Award for the Annual 2006 ASCB meeting
7. Travel award to attend Gordon Research Conference - Science of Adhesion
8. Outstanding research poster in the ACS-BYU Spring Research Conference

Honor Societies and Lists

1. American Mensa Membership
2. Graduated from BYU Summa Cum Laude (3.99 GPA) with Honors
3. Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Outstanding Student in Physical Chemistry
4. Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry Outstanding Student in Biochemistry
5. National Dean’s Honor’s List
6. Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
7. Golden Key National Honor Society
8. Dean’s Honor List


1. Peacock, J.G.; Couch, B.A.; Koleske, A.J. The Abl and Arg non-receptor tyrosine kinases regulate different zones of stress fiber, focal adhesion, and contractile network localization in spreading fibroblasts. Cytoskeleton 2010, 67(10), 666-75.
2. Peacock, J.G.*; Miller, A.M.*; Bradley, W.D.; Rodriguez, O.C.; Webb, D.A.; Koleske, A.J. The Abl-related gene (Arg) tyrosine kinase attenuates cell migration by inhibiting actomyosin contractility and regulating focal adhesion dynamics. Mol Biol Cell 2007, 18(10), 3860–3872.
3. Zhao, Z.; Peacock, J.G.; Gubler, D.A.; Peterson, M.A. Photoinduced Bergman cycloaromatization of imidazole-fused enediynes. Tetrahedron Lett. 2005, 46(8), 3621–3624.
4. Husseini, G.A.; Peacock, J.G.; Sathyapalan, A.; Zilch, L.W.; Asplund, M.C.; Sevy, E.T.; Linford, M.R. Alkyl Monolayers on Silica Surfaces Prepared using Neat, Heated, Dimethylmonochlorosilanes with Low Vapor Pressures. Langmuir 2003, 19(12), 5169–5171.
5. Husseini, G.A.; Peacock, J.G.; Niederhauser, T.L.; Vernon, M.R.; Asplund, M.C.; Sevy, E.T.; Linford, M.R. Photochemical Lithography: Creation of Patterned, Acid Chloride Functionalized Surfaces using UV Light and Gas-Phase Oxalyl Chloride. Langmuir 2003, 19(11), 4856–4858.


Research interests:

There are some of my current IRB proposals and research interests as a medical student:  IRB 12-000489 Optimizing proton beam therapy parameters for pediatric brain tumors.

1. 2012 – present IRB 11-008043 Case Report of Radiotherapy for Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma 2011 – present IRB 11-009176 Risk of Delayed Lymph Node Metastasis in Cases of Esthesioneuroblastoma with a N0 Neck.
2. 2011 – present IRB 09-003557 Post-Radiotherapy Epileptic Reversible Imaging and Neurological Deficits in Long-term Brain Tumor Survivors.
3. 2011 – present IRB 10-008289 The relative safety of choledochoduodenostomy (CDD) as an alternative to choledochojejeunostomy (CDJ) during liver transplant surgery.
4. 2010 – present In general, I am interested in drugs that make tumors more radiosensitive or drugs that protect normal tissue from radiation. I am also interested in tumor biology.


Any other information:

I was contacted by Dr. Kamal Mahawar from your organization regarding applying for a position on the Specialty Editorial Board. As you can see from this short biography and my CV, I have pursued, presented, and published my research on many topics. I am particularly interested in oncology, radiation oncology, and related basic science topics.


What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

I think that it is an excellent idea. I admire WebmedCentral and other publishers that are interested in an open review process. I think it will help the scientific community to produce more unified and high quality research.


Home Page: