Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Brent Thompson

Contact Information:

420 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-730-3902


Ph.D., Molecular Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

B.A., Chemistry and Biology, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minn.


Impaired development of fetal serotonergic neurons in intrauterine growth restricted baboons

Autism gene variant causes hyperserotonemia, serotonin receptor hypersensitivity, social impairment and repetitive behavior.

Transgenic elimination of high-affinity antidepressant and cocaine sensitivity in the presynaptic serotonin transporter.

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), April 2009: Platform session entitled "The Serotonin Transporter: Not Just for Neurons Anymore"

Modeling rare gene variation to gain insight into the oldest biomarker in autism: construction of the serotonin transporter Gly56Ala knock-in mouse.

Functional coding variation in recombinant inbred mouse lines reveals multiple serotonin transporter-associated phenotypes.

Protective roles of alpha-calcitonin and beta-calcitonin gene-related peptide in spontaneous and experimentally induced colitis

Brent J. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Brent Thompson

Dr. Thompson joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences. He teaches Gross Anatomy and Histology, and co-directs the Hematology and Oncology course. He also serves on the M1/M2 Curriculum Subcommittee.

Previously, Dr. Thompson was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Cellular and Structural Biology, and Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he directed a Neuroscience Research Laboratory and taught Histology in the Medical Curriculum.

Dr. Thompson received his B.A. in Chemistry and Biology at Moorhead State University, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. While doing his postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt he was selected for the Vanderbilt Scientist Educator Program to teach Gross Anatomy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and at Meharry Medical College.

Dr. Thompson’s research centers on the role of serotonin and the serotonin transporter in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders such as autism and depression. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the American Association of Anatomists, where he served on the Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists, the Scientific Affairs Committee and the Short-Term Visiting Scholarship Selection Committee.