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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1990-1992), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (1990), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
B.Sc. Chemistry (1981), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Email: rthompson@tusculum.edu
Campus Phone: Ext. 5263
Came to Tusculum: 2011

Dr. Richard Thompson joins the Tusculum College faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry, coming from the Discovery Chemistry Research & Technology Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Ind. As a principle research scientist, Thompson has demonstrated chemistry leadership of teams in the neuroscience portfolio, including pain and schizophrenia targets.

After obtaining his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Thompson completed his Ph.D. degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Syracuse University in 1990.  He then went to The Ohio State University as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.  In 1992 he moved to Indianapolis where he was employed at Eli Lilly and Company as a medicinal chemist in the Drug Discovery Research Division.  While at Lilly he worked on a variety of project teams in the areas of infectious disease, neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  Dr. Thompson contributed to the identification of five compounds that progressed to human clinical trials.

In 2011, Dr. Thompson moved to Greeneville and joined the faculty at Tusculum College.  Dr. Thompson currently teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Science.  His research interests include synthesis, methodology and medicinal chemistry.

Thompson is a member of the American Chemical Society and a 1996 recipient of the LRL President’s Recognition Award from Eli Lilly and Company. Thompson also received the 1991 Doctoral Award from Syracuse University.