Christopher M. Thompson
Christopher Thompson

Christopher M. Thompson

PhD Candidate in IGPBS - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (2019-2022)

The NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) supports promising doctoral candidates who will perform dissertation research and training for a PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. Chris Thompson has been awarded a 3-year F31 award for his project focusing on Mucin Splice Variants in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis & Pathogenesis. Based on evidence that expression of a pancreatic cancer-specific mucin-4 splice variant correlates with poor survival outcome in patients with pancreatic cancer, Chris will investigate the interactive and functional alterations in this variant that contribute to increased disease aggressiveness. A dual degree (B.A. and BS) recipient from Georgia Southern University, Chris also holds an MS degree in Biomedical Science from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a PhD Candidate in IGPBS – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UNMC, and is pursuing his dissertation research under the mentorship of Surinder Batra, PhD