Stuart A. Thompson, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Stuart A. Thompson, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Thompson is a native of Richmond, Indiana and received a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University. Following three years developing genetic systems in antibiotic-producing Actinomyces at The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Dr. Thompson attended graduate school at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he received a PhD in Microbiology in 1992. His graduate research in the lab of P. Frederick Sparling, MD focused on pathogenic mechanisms of Neisseria meningitidis, highlighted by his discovery of meningococcal RTX toxins. Dr. Thompson then did a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University. During this time he researched the pathogenesis of the gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori, as well as Campylobacter fetus. Dr. Thompson joined the Infectious Diseases faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1997.

Dr. Thompson has been a member of the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia since 1999. He currently studies the gastrointestinal pathogens Campylobacter jejuni and H. pylori, specifically, gene regulation events that contribute to the pathogenesis of these organisms, including biofilm formation, motility, oxidative stress resistance, and interactions with host epithelial cells. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator Award at the 10th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Related Organisms in 1999, and the Outstanding Young Faculty Award in Basic Science at Medical College of Georgia in 2001.

Dr. Thompson is the recipient of numerous grants and more than $5 million in funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He continues extensive grant review service for the National Institutes of Health, including past regular membership on the BACP (Bacterial Pathogenesis) study section, as well as for the US Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, UK Wellcome Trust, and British Medical Research Council. Dr. Thompson is on the Review Editorial Board for the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, and regularly performs ad hoc reviews for nearly 30 scientific journals. Outside of work, Dr. Thompson is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for whitewater canoeing.


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