Richard Thompson, PhD

Richard B. Thompson, PhD, is currently associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He was raised outside Chicago, received a BA in biology at Northwestern University. and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed postdoctoral training with Joseph Lakowicz, PhD, at the University of Maryland, before moving to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Dr. Thompson subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, where his research focuses mainly on understanding the biology and pathology of metal ions, and developing new optical methods to study them and their relationship to disease. He has produced more than 110 publications and 14 patents.