Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Visiting Honorary Professor, Group Leader


Ian Thompson was born in Tynemouth, UK in 1953. He was admitted to read Medicine at the University of Oxford, taking a BA in Physiology and Psychology in 1975. He received his PhD, in Visual Neuroscience at the Physiological Laboratory, University of Cambridge, in 1980. In 1979, he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford and started his research group in the University Laboratory of Physiology. During this period, he spent time in the laboratories of Prof. Gunther Stent (UC Berkeley) and of Dr. Ron McKay (Cold Spring Harbor). In 1983, he became an MRC Senior Research Fellow based in the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford. In 1986 he became a University Lecturer in Physiology and medical tutor at Christ Church, Oxford. In 2006, he moved to the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, KCL as Halliburton Chair in Physiology, becoming an Honorary Professor in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology in 2015.

He has served on the Editorial Board of Current Biology and is on the Editorial Board of Neural Development.


Thompson Reuters Researcher ID: C-5785-2009
KCL PURE: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/ian.thompson.html

Selected publications:

Leiwe MN, Hendry AC, Bard AD, Eglen SJ, Lowe AS, Thompson ID (2016) Geniculo-Cortical Projection Diversity Revealed within the Mouse Visual Thalamus. PLoS One 11: e0144846
Marler KJ, Suetterlin P, Dopplapudi A, Rubikaite A, Adnan J, Maiorano NA, Lowe AS, Thompson ID, Pathania M, Bordey A, Fulga T, Van Vactor DL, Hindges R, Drescher U (2014) BDNF promotes axon branching of retinal ganglion cells via miRNA-132 and p250GAP. J Neurosci 34: 969-79

Hunter PR, Lowe AS, Thompson ID, Meyer MP (2013) Emergent properties of the optic tectum revealed by population analysis of direction and orientation selectivity. J Neurosci 33: 13940-5
Lowe AS, Nikolaou N, Hunter PR, Thompson ID, Meyer MP (2013) A Systems-Based Dissection of Retinal Inputs to the Zebrafish Tectum Reveals Different Rules for Different Functional Classes during Development. J Neurosci 33: 13946-56