Population Health Branch (PHB)

Claudia Thompson, Ph.D., is the branch chief for the Susceptibility and Population Health Branch (SPHB).  She joined the Division of Extramural Research and Training in 1994 as a program administrator for the Superfund Research Program (SRP) and was also responsible for building the grant portfolio in the scientific areas of biomarker (exposure, effect, and susceptibility) development, metabolic toxicology, chemical mixtures research and molecular mechanisms of metal toxicity and carcinogenicity.  In addition to her branch chief responsibilities, Thompson is a senior advisor to the SRP and is providing leadership to the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Academic-Community Research Consortium.

Thompson received her B.S. in biology from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and her Ph.D. in biochemistry and nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining DERT in 1994, Claudia 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:

  • Chemical Mixtures
  • Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia
  • Metals Toxicology
  • Molecular Toxicology