U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Peter Perrin

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-451-3759
Email: peter.perrin@nih.hhs.gov

 Select Experience

  • Scientific Review OfficerCenter for Scientific Review, NIH2001-2014
  • Research Assistant Professor of MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania1997-2001
  • Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniformed Services University of the Health Sciences1993-1997
  • Visiting ScientistNaval Medical Research Institute1991-1997
  • Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania1988

Peter Perrin, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

Current Responsibilities & Activities

As a Program Director in the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, I support basic and translational research related to gastrointestinal immunology, microbial-host interactions, the response of the gut epithelium to inflammation, gastrointestinal transport and absorption, and the effects of HIV or its treatment within the gastrointestinal system.. Research projects cover innate and adaptive gastrointestinal immunity; various aspects of mucosal inflammation and colitis; interactions between the gut microbiome and the host that promote homeostasis; pathogenic interactions between the microbiota and the host; approaches to inflammatory bowel disease and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with immune or infectious components; the involvement of the epithelium in pathogenic processes; transporter function in GI health and disease; lipid absorption and processing in the intestine; host response pathways in diarrheal diseases; effects of HIV or its treatment on the gastrointestianal immune system; HIV enteropathy and eptithelial barrier dysfunction; mechanisms of HIV infection, latency, and persistence in the gastrointestinal system; and reserach toward an HIV cure primarily focused on mechanisms within the gastrointestinal system. In my capacity as Digestive Diseases Research Cores Centers, I support shared resources (i.e., core facilities) with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary cooperation between investigators that conduct high quality research on digestive and liver diseases.  Finally, as NIDDK's AIDS research coordinator, I work with other staff across NIDDK to help coordinate the Institute's HIV-related research.

​Research Programs

Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers
NIDDK program supporting digestive disease research centers

Gastrointestinal Immunology, Inflammation, and Inflammatory Diseases
The Gastrointestinal Immunology, Inflammation, and Inflammatory Diseases program supports basic, clinical, and translational research on mucosal immunology, intestinal immunity, and inflammation in gastrointestinal diseases and conditions

Gastrointestinal Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
This program supports basic, clinical, and translational research on the gut microbiota, pathogenic organisms that reside in the gastrointestinal tract

Gastrointestinal Physiology, Development, and Epithelial Biology
This program supports basic, clinical, and translational research on GI development, diseases, and disorders

Current Committee Memberships

  • NIH AIDS Executive CommitteeMember
  • NIH Human Microbiome Working GroupMember