Maranda K. Thompson
Maranda Thompson

Maranda K. Thompson

PhD Candidate in MSIA - Patient-Oriented Research

2020 Fellow, Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development

The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development provides graduate students with opportunities for mentoring, networking, and skills development, and for making contributions to their communities through science outreach. The year-long program is led by the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, in collaboration with Yale University, and is supported with funds from the NIH. Maranda Thompson, a PhD Candidate in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area specializing in Patient-Oriented Research, has been named as one of only 40 scholars selected as 2020 Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows. Maranda is an MD/PhD Scholar who has been actively involved in the American Physician Scientist Association’s Mentorship Program. In addition, she served previously as Education Coordinator and currently as President of EMPOWER, a student-led interprofessional organization that promotes awareness and education to minimize domestic and sexual violence in our community and beyond. The recipient of a UNMC Graduate Studies Assistantship and a grant from the Child Health Research Institute, Maranda’s research seeks to understand how omega-3 metabolites affect pregnancies exposed to inflammation. Emphasis focuses on how the mother's omega-3 fatty acids are broken down into metabolites that interact and cross the placenta to influence infant outcomes. She is pursuing this work under the tutelage of Ann Anderson-Berry, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Neonatology division. After completing the PhD requirements, Maranda will pursue the final two years of her medical school training at UNMC.