Dr. Metzel received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1979. That same year he joined Abbott Laboratories’ Diagnostics Division as a Research Scientist in Hepatitis Research & Development. He held several positions until leaving Abbott in 1995 as Section Head, Infectious Disease Diagnostics Technical Support.
In the ensuing years, Peyton held positions of increasing responsibilities in several diagnostics companies, including Ciba Corning Diagnostics and Amersham Corporation.
In 1991, Peyton joined Baxter Healthcare’s Transfusion Therapies Division as Director and Global Project Leader, Pathogen Inactivation. In 2008, he was promoted to VP Scientific Affairs, Fenwal, Inc, a spinoff of Baxter Healthcare, a position he held until he retired in January 2013. Dr. Metzel is the author of numerous abstracts and scientific journal articles and has presented to many groups on pathogen inactivation.
Peyton began flying in 1982, received his Private in 1983, and his Instrument rating 1985, and has accumulated over 3,500 hours, with over 2,500 in his 1989 Mooney 201. He and his wife, Mary, have enjoyed many adventures with the airplane, including trips to California, Texas, Montana, Florida, the Northeast, and North Carolina, just to mention a few. He has been involved in public benefit flying for over 20 years, mostly with LifeLine Pilots, and has served as a Board member for LLP. He and Mary live in Libertyville, IL.