• Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • B.S., University of Tampa

Research Interests

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology of drug testing
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Forensic Science
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Scientific history


Peter Platteborze, Ph.D., joined St. Mary’s University in 2016 and is passionate about teaching students the interdisciplinary nature of Forensic Science and how teamwork is essential to be successful in the field of Forensic Science. Before joining St. Mary’s, Platteborze served in the active duty U.S. Army where he was a biochemist for more than 20 years. His military assignments included, serving as a principle investigator conducting defensive research on chemical agents; a principle investigator conducting defensive biological agent research with an emphasis on creating a live, attenuated Eastern Equine Encephalitis viral vaccine; a deputy commander in the Army’s Tripler Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Lab; a branch chief for the Army’s MLT clinical chemistry training program; a postdoctoral clinical chemistry fellow at the University of Washington; a program manager for the Army’s Forensic Drug Testing; and Chief and Medical Director of Brooke Army Medical Centers Core, Toxicology, Reference Chemistry and Emergency Department Labs. Some of his greatest accomplishments include, publishing extensively in a wide range of fields and receiving a U.S. patent for his military vaccine research.


Platteborze has written more than 40 publications, but his most recent work is focused on military drug testing, pharmacology, scientific history and clinical chemistry.

Platteborze, P.L. (2016) Thomas Francis Jr. and the Conquest of Polio, Michigan History, September/October 2016: 29-33.

Gonzalez R.M. and Platteborze, P.L. (2016) Tapentadol cross-reacts with the DRI Methadone immunoassay. Therapeutics and Toxins News, 2(3): 1-4.

Platteborze, P.L. (2016) Tumor Lysis Syndrome. Uric Acid: Detection, Applications and Role in Health and Disease, Nova Biomedical Science Publishers, Ed. M. Newman. Chapter 5, pp 97-102.

Platteborze, P.L. and Wilhelms, K.W. (2017) Military Legal Blood Alcohol Testing, Military Medicine, 182(1): 1558-62.

Platteborze, P.L. (2017) International intrigue: alleged VX nerve agent assassination, Therapeutics and Toxins News, 3(1): 1-4.

Platteborze, P.L. and Martin, T.M. (2017) The U.S. Military Drug Testing Program, Clinical and Forensic Toxicology News, June 2017: 1-5.

Studer, L.L, Enniss, B.A., and Platteborze, P.L. (2016) Chemical Warfare Agents: a Century of Terror.  Part 2- the Nerve Agents.  Therapeutics and Toxins News, 2(1): 1-9.

Wilhelms, K.W., Sanderson, J.L. and Platteborze, P.L. (2016) Guiding Appropriate Laboratory Test Utilization: 1,25-OH Vitamin D. Mil Med, 181(1): 10-11.

Davis, A.R. and Platteborze, P.L. (2015) The Unusual History of British anti-Lewisite. Therapeutics and Toxins News, 1(2): 1-6.

Platteborze, P.L., Matos, R.I, Gido-Vandiaz, V.K., and Wilhelms, K.W. (2015) An Unexpected Emergency Request for Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Testing in a 9-Year-Old African-American Boy. Lab Med 46(2): 150-52.

Platteborze, P.L., Kippenberger, D.J., and Martin, T.M. (2014) An Assessment of Army Medical Review Officer Results from Fiscal Years 2009 to 2012. J Anal Tox, 38(9): 653-59.

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