Associate Professor Jeremy Thompson is currently a National Health & Medical Research Council (Australia) Senior Research Fellow, within the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide and The Robinson Institute, a University internal institute. He completed his PhD in 1986 at the Veterinary School at the University of Queensland then worked for 13 years in New Zealand at an agricultural institute. In 1999 he was appointed as the Laboratory Director within the University of Adelaide’s IVF unit, which he relinquished on obtaining his first research fellowship. He has managed several business units within the University and is a consultant to, and developed products with, various companies that are involved in reproductive technologies.
His research lies in discovering the metabolic determinants of developmental potential within mammalian oocytes and embryos, as well as the influence of specific growth factors in determining these. Along with collaborations on the roles of oocyte secreted factors and cytokines, he is currently focussed on how compromised maternal peri-conception metabolic environments, such as hyperglycaemia and hypoxia, influences oocyte and embryo metabolism leading to adverse developmental outcomes. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, reports and book chapters.