Geoffrey Thiele, PhD

Geoffrey Thiele, PhD

Umbach Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology


Appointments: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha VA Medical Center
Research Interests: Evaluation of the pathogenesis autoimmune disease.  More specifically, evaluating the effects of altered self-proteins on the immune response resulting in the breaking of immune tolerance, to initiate autoimmune disease.  Disease processes under investigation include, but are not limited to- Rheumatoid arthritis, Rheumatic diseases in general, cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, and autoimmune liver disease. 

1979  BS  Majors: Microbiology & Chemistry, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

1985  PhD  Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Post-Doc:  1985-1987 Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Bio Sketch:

Dr. Thiele received his PhD in 1985 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Medical Microbiology/Immunology.  Throughout his career, his research has primarily centered on the alteration of self-proteins resulting in the development and/or progression of autoimmunity.  He is actively involved in basic and translational research activities through the; NIH, Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and the Rheumatology Research Foundation.  He has extensive experience conducting research from each of these agencies and been involved in many multicenter projects.  More recently, he has become involved in the formation of multiple databases, biobanks and registries  for use in the studies performed by the Experimental Immunology Laboratories, VA Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) group (in conjunction with Dr. Ted Mikuls), UNMC Cardiovascular registry (in conjunction with Dr. Dan Anderson), Rheumatoid Arthritis Interactive Network (RAIN) registry, and many others. 

He serves on multiple national study sections of the NIH, VA and AHA.  Additionally, he is a member of 11 different national/international organizations at which he has presented and/or organized.  He is the author of more than 140 manuscripts and 14 book chapters.  Dr. Thiele holds 6 different patents for various studies associated with his research interests.

Finally, Dr. Thiele has been recognized for his excellence in teaching on many occasions. He has been recognized by the Education Committee in the Department of Internal Medicine for excellence in teaching every year since 1995. In addition he has won; the Golden Apple 3 times from the 2nd Year Medical School class, the Hirschmann Basic Science Teaching Award twice (2010 and 2015), the College of Medicine Class of 1962 Basic Science Outstanding Teacher Award (2010), along with various other awards for teaching.