Peter Raven

Peter B. Raven

Peter B. Raven was born and raised in London, England and immigrated to the United States in 1965 to study at the University of Oregon. He graduated with a Ph.D. in the Scientific Basis of Physical Education in 1969 and joined Steven M. Horvath at the Institute of Environmental Stress at the University of California at Santa Barbara for a post-doctoral fellowship. He joined the American Physiological Society in 1971. During 1969 to 1975 he was promoted through the academic ranks to Research Associate Professor. From 1975 to 1977 Raven moved to Dallas to work with Michael Pollock at the Institute for Aerobics Research. Subsequently in 1977 he joined the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in Fort Worth as an Associate Professor. In 1993 TCOM evolved into the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). He was promoted to Full professor in 1986 and served as Chair of the Department of Integrative Physiology from 1993 to 2001. Currently he is Professor of Integrative Physiology and remains active with NIH funded research, Graduate School teaching in Exercise Physiology and guiding Ph.D. graduate students. He has served as visiting professor/consultant to the Division of Cardiology’s Space Physiology Laboratory at UT Southwestern Medical Center, the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine Presbyterian Hospital/ UT Southwestern and Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dallas. He has a visiting professorship at the University of Copenhagen’s Danish Academy of Science and the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center. His professional collaborations involve faculty and institutions across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Italy and Japan. His initial research focused on exercise performance during the environmental stresses of heat, cold, altitude and air pollution. However, in the past 40 years he has focused his efforts on identifying the mechanisms of arterial baroreflex regulation of blood pressure during dynamic exercise. During this time he has mentored 17 Ph.D. and 22 M.S. degree graduates, 10 post-doctoral fellows and is currently advising 3 Ph.D. students. With their help he has published 172 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters.