Matthew K. Pelletier, PhD

Professor of Genetics, Director of Assessment & Outcomes


  • PhD in Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS in Biology, Liberty University

Courses Taught

  • Biomedical Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine (BFOM)
  • Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition (GINUTRI)
  • Hematology/Oncology (HO)
  • Pediatrics (PEDS)
  • Population Based Medicine (PBM)
  • Women’s Health (WH)


Prior to joining the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Pelletier taught Molecular and Cell Biology and Principles of Genetics at Houghton College for 14 years and also served as department chair for six years.


Hood, MI, Winkel, BSJ, and Pelletier, M.K. (2014) Fine Scale Genetic Mapping of the TT9 Locus of Arabidopsis thaliana Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Physiology.  2(2):128

Pelletier, M.K., French, L.L., Trinidad, S., and Vandock, K. (2012) Sequence and Structure of Manduca  sexta Transhydrogenase. International Journal of Insect Science 4:1-6, 2012

Pelletier, M.K., Murrell, J.R., and Shirley, B.W. (1997) Characterization of Arabidopsis FLS and LDOX Genes: Further Evidence for Differential Regulation of “Early” and “Late” Genes Plant Physiology. 113: 1437-1445

Pelletier, M.K., Burbulis, I.E., and Shirley, B.W. (1999) Disruption of Specific Flavonoid Genes Enhances the Accumulation of Flavonoid Enzymes and End-Products in Arabidopsis Seedlings. Plant Molecular Biology. 40: 45-54

Pelletier, M.K.and Shirley, B.W. (1996) Analysis of Flavanone 3-Hydroxylase in Arabidopsis         Seedlings: Coordinate Regulation with Chalcone Synthase and Chalcone Isomerase. Plant Physiology. 111: 339-345

Burbulis, I.E., Pelletier, M.K., Cain, C.C., and Shirley, B.W. (1996) Are Flavonoids Synthesized by a Multi-Enzyme Complex? Bulletin of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. 9: 29-36

Pelletier, M.K.and Shirley, B.W. (1995) A Genomic Clone Encoding Flavanone 3-hydroxylase (Genbank U33932) from Arabidopsisthaliana. Plant Physiology. 109: 1125

Research Interests

  • Continuous quality improvement in medical education