Esser-Kahn Group

Peter Deak

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Peter's research and interests focus on applying engineering mindsets to solve complex immunological problems by utilizing interesting chemical approaches. Peter has been interested in both engineering solutions and immunology ever since he was a kid growing up in Columbus, Ohio. Due to his severe peanut allergy, he has always been interested in immunology, but his penchant for engineering was fostered during his undergraduate experience at the University of Dayton, where he majored in chemical engineering. After this, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he worked on developing novel diagnostics and targeted therapies for food and drug allergies. He joined the Esser-Kahn Group to continue fostering and growing his love of immunology, chemistry, and engineering by working on designing new systems for both vaccines and autoimmune diseases that utilize innate immunity.

PhD in bioengineering
University of Notre Dame, 2016
Advisor: Dr. Basar Bilgicer
Dissertation: “Inhibitors for Allergic Reactions to Peanuts and Drugs: Epitope Analysis, Molecular Design and Characterization”

BS in chemical engineering
University of Dayton, 2012
Quote: “The things that we love tell us what we are.” —St. Thomas Aquinas
Scientific hero: Frederick Sanger

Immune reprogramming, innate immunity, mechanisms of tolerance.