Population Health Branch (PHB)

Claudia Thompson. Ph.D., is Chief of the Population Health Branch (PHB) in the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She is the program director for the Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers program; co-director of the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR); and, since the collapse of the World Trade Center, Thompson has coordinated NIEHS’s extramural research efforts in response to natural and technological disasters. Most recently, she represents NIEHS on the NIH-wide steering committee for the NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative.

Thompson received her B.S. in biology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining DERT in 1994, Thompson was a research scientist for 10 years in the Laboratory of Biochemical Risk Analysis in the Division of Intramural Research at NIEHS.

Areas of Specialty

  • Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers
  • NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative
  • Cookstove research
  • Disaster research response