Susan Thompson, PhD

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-3899

Fax 513-636-3328


Molecular basis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; large-scale integrative analysis of gene expression, polymorphism and other genomic data with clinical data

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Susan Thompson, PhD, has research interests that span both genetic and functional genomic studies of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) to advance the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. A genome-wide screen for JRA susceptibility traits has been completed and defined several regions for linkage mapping and candidate gene analysis. In addition, complementary approaches that measure global gene expression patterns using DNA microarrays are also being used to understand the molecular basis for disease.

PhD: University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Memphis, TN, 1988.

Fellowship: Immunology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, 1988-1991.

Fellowship: Molecular Genetics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991-1994.

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Thompson SD, Sudman M, Ramos PS, Marion MC, Ryan M, Tsoras M, Weiler T, Wagner M, Keddache M, Haas JP, Mueller C, Prahalad S, Bohnsack J, Wise CA, Punaro M, Zhang D, Rosé CD, Comeau ME, Divers J, Glass DN, Langefeld CD. The susceptibility loci juvenile idiopathic arthritis shares with other autoimmune diseases extend to PTPN2, COG6, and ANGPT1. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Nov;62(11):3265-76.

Barnes MG, Grom AA, Thompson SD, Griffin TA, Luyrink LK, Colbert RA, Glass DN. Biologic similarities based on age at onset in oligoarticular and polyarticular subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Nov;62(11):3249-58.

Thompson SD, Barnes MG, Griffin TA, Grom AA, Glass DN. Heterogeneity in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: impact of molecular profiling based on DNA polymorphism and gene expression patterns. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Sep;62(9):2611-5.

Hinze CH, Fall N, Thornton S, Mo JQ, Aronow BJ, Layh-Schmitt G, Griffin TA, Thompson SD, Colbert RA, Glass DN, Barnes MG, Grom AA. Immature cell populations and an erythropoiesis gene-expression signature in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis: implications for pathogenesis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2010;12(3):R123. 

Barnes MG, Grom AA, Thompson SD, Griffin TA, Pavlidis P, Itert L, Fall N, Sowders DP, Hinze CH, Aronow BJ, Luyrink LK, Srivastava S, Ilowite NT, Gottlieb BS, Olson JC, Sherry DD, Glass DN, Colbert RA. Subtype-specific peripheral blood gene expression profiles in recent-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Jul;60(7):2102-12.

Griffin TA, Barnes MG, Ilowite NT, Olson JC, Sherry DD, Gottlieb BS, Aronow BJ, Pavlidis P, Hinze CH, Thornton S, Thompson SD, Grom AA, Colbert RA, Glass DN. Gene expression signatures in polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis demonstrate disease heterogeneity and offer a molecular classification of disease subsets. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Jul;60(7):2113-23.

Zhang K, Biroschak J, Glass DN, Thompson SD, Finkel T, Passo MH, Binstadt BA, Filipovich A, Grom AA. Macrophage activation syndrome in patients with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is associated with MUNC13-4 polymorphisms. Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Sep;58(9):2892-6.

Chaudhari M, Moroldo MB, Shear E, Hillard P, Thompson SD, Lan D, Huang B, Brunner HI, Glass DN. Impaired reproductive fitness in mothers of children with juvenile autoimmune arthropathies. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Oct;45(10):1282-7.

Phelan JD, Thompson SD. Genomic progress in pediatric arthritis: recent work and future goals. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2006 Sep;18(5):482-9.

Phelan JD, Thompson SD, Glass DN. Susceptibility to JRA/JIA: complementing general autoimmune and arthritis traits. Genes Immun. 2006 Jan;7(1):1-10.