Christine Tara Peterson

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. – Einstein

Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, AHE, RYT

Dr. Christine Tara Peterson is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the UCSD Division of Preventative Medicine, a Research Scientist at the Chopra Foundation, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. She received her PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine where she studied the structure and function of the gut microbiome in sub-therapeutic antibiotic-induced obesity using metagenomics, metaproteomics, and metatranscriptomics methods. Dr. Peterson studies the gut microbiome in the context of cardiovascular disease and risk factors such as obesity and in a variety of therapeutic approaches including dietary, probiotic, Yoga-based, and Ayurvedic interventions. Her post-doctoral work will also include investigations on the effect of Yoga-based practices on the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis and self-directed stress regulation.  Applying the wisdom revealed by the microbiome, Dr. Peterson is developing herbal and microbial medicines consisting of probiotics and combination therapies of probiotics, prebiotics and Ayurvedic herbs.  She is fascinated by the connection of the microbiota to yoga, nutrition, consciousness, a broader definition of the self, and Ayurveda.

Dr. Peterson is also a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, meditator, registered yoga teacher, and Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner. She became interested in yoga while an undergraduate living near Swami Satchidananda’s Yogaville ashram. Since her first visits to this great Vedantic teacher’s ashram, she has included nutrition and Ayurveda in her yogic journey. Building upon herbal studies at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, she is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Health Educator program and Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner program. As a Research Scientist for the Chopra Foundation performing Clinical Trials with Ayurvedic Interventions, she seeks to validate this ancient wisdom with modern scientific methodologies such as the tools of Systems Biology. Christine combines these areas of study to help others learn how to self-heal, obtain radiant health, and realize their full potential.






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