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Avera Institute for Human Genetics

3720 W. 69th Street Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: 605-322-3050

Jason PetersonDr. Jason Petersen

Research Scientist

Dr. Petersen earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Later, Dr. Petersen received his doctorate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Petersen is interested in identifying the underlying genetic causes of defects in repairing DNA damage caused by ultraviolet light.


San Lucas FA, Allenson K, Bernard V, Castillo J, Kim DU, Ellis K, Ehli EA, Davies GE, Petersen JL, Wolff R, Katz M, Varadhachary G, Wistuba I, Maitra A, Alvarez H. Minimally invasive genomic and transcriptomic profiling of visceral cancers by next-generation sequencing of circulating exosomes. Ann Oncol. 2015 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] Click here for the full article.

Petersen JL, Ronan PJ. Critical role of 7,8-didemethyl-8-hydroxy-5-deazariboflavin for photoreactivation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. J Biol Chem. 2010;285(42):32467-32475. Click here for the free article.

Jin N, Chow CY, Liu L, Zolov SN, Bronson R, Davisson M, Petersen JL, Zhang Y, Park S, Duex JE, Goldowitz D, Meisler MH, Weisman LS. VAC14 nucleates a protein complex essential for the acute interconversion of PI3P and PI(3,5)P(2) in yeast and mouse. EMBO J. 2008;27(24):3221-3234. Click here for the free article.

Ashour A-K, Petersen JL, McIlhaney MM, Vose JM, Solheim JC. Effect of linkage of transduction domain sequences to a lymphoma idiotype DNA vaccine on vaccine effectiveness. Hybridoma. 2006;25(5):306-308. Click here for the abstract.

Petersen JL, Hickman-Miller HD, McIlhaney MM, Vargas SE, Purcell AW, Hildebrand WH, Solheim JC. A charged amino acid residue in the transmembrane/cytoplasmic region of tapasin influences MHC class I assembly and maturation. J Immunol. 2005;174(2):962-969. Click here for the free article.

Morris CR, Reber AJ, Petersen JL, Vargas SE, Solheim JC. Association of intracellular proteins with folded major histocompatibility complex class I molecules. Immunol Res. 2004;30(2):171-179. Click here for the abstract.

Petersen JL, Turnquist HR, Vargas SE, McIlhaney MM, Bedows E, Mayer WE, Grandea III AG, Van Kaer L, Solheim JC. The immunoglobulin-like domain of tapasin influences intermolecular interactions. J Immunol. 2004;172(5):2976-2984. Click here for the free article.

Petersen JL, Morris CR, Solheim JC. Virus evasion of MHC class I molecule presentation. J Immunol. 2003;171(9):4473-8. Click here for the free article.

Cenkci B, Petersen JL, Small GD. REX1, a novel gene required for DNA repair. J Biol Chem. 2003;278(25):22574-7. Click here for the free article.

Morris CR, Petersen JL, Vargas SE, Turnquist HR, McIlhaney MM, Sanderson SD, Bruder JT, Yu YY, Burgert HG, Solheim JC. The amyloid precursor-like protein 2 and the adenoviral E3/19K protein both bind to a conformational site on H-2Kd and regulate H-2Kd expression. J Biol Chem. 2003;278(15):12618-23. Click here for the free article.

Petersen JL, Small GD. A gene required for the novel activation of a class II DNA photolyase in Chlamydomonas. Nucleic Acids Res. 2001;29:4472-4481. Click here for the free article.

Petersen JL, Lang DW, Small GD. Cloning and characterization of a class II DNA photolyase from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Mol Biol. 1999;40:1063-1071.-32. Click here for the abstract.