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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson, PhD

Principal Investigator
Professor and Director of Chemical Biology 

LRB 825
Tel: 508-856-8492

Dr. Paul Thompson received his BSc and PhD degrees from McMaster University in Canada before moving to the US to take a postdoctoral position with Philip Cole at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Paul then moved to the University of South Carolina to begin his independent career before moving to the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida, in May 2010.  Paul subsequently moved to UMASS Med in Aug 2014.  Paul has published more than 152 articles in major scientific journals including Nature, Cell, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  Paul has also won a number of awards including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

 

Shruti Choudhary, PhD

Small Molecular Screening Facility (SMSF) Manager

LRB 
 

Shruti received her B. Pharm degree from University of Delhi, India and her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She did her postdoc at The Scripps Research Institute, Florida targeting disease causing RNAs with small molecules. In the Thompson Lab, she works as a manager for the Small Molecule Screening Facility (SMSF) carrying out biochemical and molecular biology experiments to screen compound libraries against a variety of drug targets. Outside of lab she enjoys spending time with her cats, hiking, and finding good bakeries/dessert shops.

Leonard Barasa

Leonard Barasa, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

LRB 860C
 

Leonard received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St. John’s University, NY, in May 2020. He joined the Thompson lab in November 2020 to work on the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of reversible and irreversible inhibitors of the STING, PADs and SARM1 proteins. Besides lab work, Leonard likes watching soccer, reading, watching documentaries, and traveling.  

Madison Green

Madison Green, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

LRB 860C
 

Madison graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Biochemistry (2012), MS in Chemistry (2015), and PhD in Molecular Bioscience (2021). He joined the Institute of Environmental for a short (6 month) period before completing his PhD at MTSU. He is currently synthesizing proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs) targeting PAD4 for degradation to reduce thrombotic activity, a downstream event of PAD4 activation. Outside of lab, he enjoys hiking and exploring with his two children, Eve and Henrik.

Sauradip Chaudhuri

Sauradip Chaudhuri, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

LRB 860C
 

Sauradip joined the Thompson lab in September 2021. His current research entails the discovery and investigation of small-molecule inhibitors for STING innate immune protein. Trained in supramolecular organic chemistry, Sauradip is currently employing chemical biology and proteomics techniques to understand small molecule target inhibitor design and protein-inhibitor interactions. He has extensive knowledge in the field of cyclodextrin chemistry, as well as its application in designing drug delivery systems. Outside of work, he enjoys playing chess and cricket.

Janneke Doedee

Janneke Doedee Isco, BS

PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program (BMB)

LRB 860C
 

Janneke’s research is focused on characterizing the molecular mechanisms of TIR-1, the worm ortholog of SARM1. Like SARM1, TIR-1 is a NAD glycohydrolase that plays an important role in neuronal cell death. These studies will aid our efforts to develop inhibitors targeting the human enzyme and thereby provide therapies for a broad range of diseases including traumatic brain injury and peripheral neuropathies. Outside lab, Janneke enjoys hiking, knitting, cooking, and playing with her cat.

Mary Canzano

Intern

LRB 
 

Webb Camille

Webb Camille, BS

PhD Candidate in the MD/PhD Program

LRB 860C
 

Webb Camille is a graduate student in the MD/PhD program. He graduated from Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology concentrating in biomedical sciences. His work in the Thompson/Xu lab involves investigating the role of citrullination in ALS. Outside the lab he is the president and founder of OneLeaf Corp., a non-profit organization. In his free time, he likes to read, cook, learn new skills and remain active.

Elenore Wiggin

Elenore Wiggin, BS

PhD Candidate in the Immunology and Microbiology Program (IMP)

LRB 860C
 

Elenore “Ele” graduated from Lafayette College in 2018 with her BS in Biochemistry. After graduation, she worked at Bristol Myers Squibb in Downstream Process Development, as well as at Pfizer in Formulation Process Development. In the Thompson Lab, she studies citrullination’s role in the modulation of innate immunity and inflammation. Outside of grad school, Ele enjoys skiing, art, cooking and music.