Professor Stephen Thompson
Head, Teaching Centre of Immunology
Reader in Immunology
Director, Extended Medical Degree Programme (Science and Curriculum)
Widening Participation Lead, King’ Health Partners
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Stephen graduated with a PhD in Immunology in 1990 from the University of Bristol, UK. After working as a post-doctoral scientist both at Bristol University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, USA, he joined KCL as Senior Lecturer in 1999 and shortly thereafter obtained a MRC Career Establishment Award. He became Director of the Extended Medical Degree Programme (science and curriculum) in October 2010 and promoted to Reader in Immunology in 2012. In 2014 he became the inaugural Head of the Teaching Centre of Immunology. His areas of special interest are immune responses to stress proteins in autoimmune and cardiovascular disease. He has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and several book chapters. This research has been funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Arthritis Research UK, Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation. Other extramural positions include Member of the British Society for Immunology Forum and Member of the government advisory “Animal Sciences Group” of the Royal Society of Biology.
Other Areas of Responsibility
As co-director of the EMDP, the UK’s flagship access to the medical profession programme, Stephen is responsible of the academic content and the development of the EMDP-specific curriculum. Since 2012 Stephen has been Widening Participation Lead for King's Health Partners who’s outreach, public engagement and widening participation activities have been supported by substantial funding from Health Education South London (HESL). He is also the Education and Training Lead for the Genetics, Rheumatology, Immunology, Infection and Dermatology Clinical Academic Group (GRIID CAG) and as Head of the Teaching Centre of Immunology is actively engaged in teaching and managing the development of immunology education across KCL.