Dr. Dorothea Thompson received the 2022 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) Research Award. Her appointment letter stated, “She has exceptional attention to detail, a broad understanding of many scientific fields, and impressive professional research achievements.”
Thompson joined the Campbell family in 2015 as an associate professor of microbiology and immunology. She holds a BSc in Microbiology and English, an MSc in Anaerobic Microbiology, an MSc in English, a PhD in Molecular Microbiology, and in 2012 she also obtained her JD. She has extensive research experience and garnered an impressive 4,393 citations for her scientific work.
Thompson has filled many unique roles throughout his career, such as working in the environmental science division of a lab, acting as a scientific consultant and writer, serving as a technology advisor and as a corporate law clerk. patents, and even complete a fellowship with the FDA. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has published and co-directed a significant amount of research.
“She has published over 36 scientific papers involving bacteria and her work ranges from analysis of systems such as proteomics and microarrays to multi-drug resistance in disease microbes. Even though most of this work was initiated at Oak Ridge Laboratory and Purdue University, an R1 research institution, she “reinvented” her research strategy after arriving at Campbell by focusing on case reports, collaborations with CPHS faculty members and human subjects. Since 2017, Thompson has published 11 journal articles as a Campbell faculty member while serving on multiple committees and teaching undergraduate, graduate and professional courses,” her letter of appointment praised.
In 2021, Thompson created a new course, Microbiology: A Clinical Approach (PHSC 285). The course integrates laboratory simulations with critical thinking challenges. She is diligent in her endeavors and seeks to discover and introduce new materials to students. The faculty agreed that it was well deserving of this award.
“It is a true honor to be nominated and then selected to receive the 2022 CPHS Research Award. Independent research enriches the educational experience and promotes the development of critical thinking skills, as well as communication skills. I am passionate about creating research opportunities for students interested in this type of educational experience, and I very much appreciate the College’s recognition of my efforts in this area,” said Thompson.
“Dorothea has been a wonderful resource for students and teachers. She encourages collaboration by using her background and expertise to provide invaluable advice on research projects as well as a unique educational perspective in the classroom. She is well deserving of this award,” noted Michael L. Adams (’96 PharmD, PhD), Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.