James Thomson, PhD, VMD

Affiliations: Professor
Department of: Cell & Regenerative Biology (UW); Director of Regenerative Biology (Morgridge Institute for Research); and Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology (UCSB)
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BS 1981 University of Illinois-Champaign, Champaign, IL
VMD 1985 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
PhD 1988 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1st Postdoctoral position: Oregon National Primate Center, Portland, OR

Research Focus

My research focuses on understanding how a cell can maintain or change identity, how a cell chooses between self-renewal and the initial decision to differentiate, and how a differentiated cell with limited developmental potential can be reprogrammed to a pluripotent cell.

Program Activities

  • Joined ERP Program: 2000

Research Funding

  • PI NIH 5 U01HL099773-02 09/30/09 – 04/30/16 Midwest Progenitor Cell Consortiumm
  • Co-Investigator Foundation Fighting Blindness 06/2013-05/2016 Wynn-Gund Early Translational Research Acceleration Program
  • PI NIH/NCATS 1UH3TR000506-01 7/24/12-6/30/17 Human iPS/ES Cell-Based Models for Predictive Developmental Neural Toxicity
  • Unit Head for Stem Cell Resources NIH 5P51OD011106-54 06/10/97-04/30/17 Wisconsin National Primate Research Center Support
  • Environmental Protection Agency 12/1/14-11/30/18 LiverMAPs: Liver Models for Analysis of Pathways


Current Trainees Degree Goal
 No current ERP students
Past Trainees Degree Completed