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Authors > Peter Ronner, PhD

Peter Ronner, PhD is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is the author of Netter’s Essential Biochemistry.


Dr. Ronner earned his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Currently, as an educator of students of medicine and pharmacy, Dr. Ronner is particularly interested in using results of research into learning to help struggling students succeed.


Since 1995, Dr. Ronner has directed a biochemistry course for medical students, which includes molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, metabolism, and cell physiology. He is also involved in a new curriculum at Thomas Jefferson University that relies heavily on case-based learning. Since 2008, he has directed a biochemistry course for pharmacy students which is shaped largely by the ACPE Standards 2016 for biochemistry and by the needs of first-year pharmacy students.


Dr. Ronner’s previous research has focused on the mechanisms that control the secretion of insulin and glucagon from the pancreas. Prior to this, he devised a method to perfuse the endocrine pancreas of channel catfish in vitro, and he characterized hormone secretion from this organ in response to various fuels. And, as part of his thesis work on the Ca,Mg-ATPase of human erythrocyte membranes, he discovered that the activity of this ATPase depends on the presence of phosphatidylserine.

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