Dr Elinor Thompson

Elinor Thompson BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Elinor Thompson

Elinor Thompson
BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Microbiology and Plant Science

Department of Life & Sports Sciences

Faculty of Engineering & Science

Elinor Thompson is a microbiologist whose research has included molecular biology, developmental and cell biology, biochemistry, bioenergetics, imaging and spectroscopy, largely to explore membrane proteins but with collaborations spanning mathematical modelling and animal development.

Following BSc and MSc degrees in microbiology, she obtained her PhD in plant biology at University College London, researching the function of several proteins that were found in both photosynthetic eukaryotes and prokaryotes. This included utilising spectroscopy and molecular biology to examine how FtsH proteases influence membrane composition and photosystems of cyanobacteria and Arabidopsis.

This was followed by seven years of postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, working on various projects in a molecular development lab, for example, investigating the roles of a family of rhomboid proteases in development and growth, and of a ‘multidrug and toxin efflux’ protein in the transport of flavonoids, auxin regulation, and plant fertility.

Elinor's lab at Greenwich continues to work on these proteins in a range of organisms, including plants, microorganisms and the social amoeba Dictyostelium.

Lab members and alumni

  • Bill Ferrara
  • Mehak Rafiq
  • Dr Kevin Smyth
  • Dr Colin Bateman
  • Dr Amit Prabhakar

Course participation

  • Plant Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell and Microbial Biology
  • Fundamental Biology and Physiology
  • Introduction to Medical Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Practical and Professional Skills.
  • Plant biology
  • Membrane proteases
  • Cell-cell communication, signalling, development
  • Photosynthesis.

Techniques

  • Molecular biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Spectroscopy (e.g., to examine behaviour of photosynthetic apparatus)
  • Confocal and electron microscopy (e.g., use of GFP, and of cryo-SEM for observation of 'live' specimens).

Dr Thompson is interested in membrane proteases and transporters and their importance in regulating comparable processes in different organisms. The various roles of rhomboid proteins have led to an interest in fertility, and cell signalling in both eukaroytes and prokaryotes.

She welcomes enquiries from potential collaborators and postgraduate students regarding relevant research projects.

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