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Biologist/Senior Research Assistant 

Mary Thompson
National Cancer Institute at Frederick
Building 560: 21-6A  
Frederick, MD 21702-1201 U.S.A.
Ph: 301-846-5948


Mary Thompson earned her Bachelor of Science degree (Biology) in 1979 from the American University, College of Arts and Sciences. Concurrently, she worked as a Biological Aide in the Laboratory of RNA Tumor Viruses, NCI (NIH).

In 1980, she joined the Laboratory of Viral Carcinogenesis, NCI (now the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity), as a full-time cell culture technician in the Genetics Section. In addition to cell culture work, she performed various molecular biology assays and cytology techniques. In 1989, she was promoted to Head of the Cell Culture Lab, Genetics Section.

In 1998, she transferred to the Molecular Genetic Epidemiology Section (LGD), to manage their Core Cell Culture Lab. This position included oversight of a number of large study cohorts with thousands of cell lines established from human B-lymphocytes.

In 2010, the LGD Cores were realigned to the CCR/OD-Frederick and became part of the BCGC, where Mary continues to provide expert cell culture assistance to the CCR scientists as requested. Her areas of interest include genetics, virology, immunology and cell biology.


  1. Ablashi, D., Bengali, Z., Daniel, M., *Eichelberger, M., Sundar, K., and Levine, P. In Vitro Interaction Between Oncogenic Herpes Viruses of Primates and Tumor Promoting Agent. In: Advances in Comparative Leukemia Research 1979, Yohn, D.S., Blakeslee, J.R., and Lapin, B.A. (Eds.), Elsevier/North Holland, New York, 1980, pp. 397-398.
  2. Ablashi, D., Bengali, Z., Daniel, M., *Eichelberger, M., Sundar, K., Armstrong, G., Daniel, M., and Levine, P. Increased Infectivity of Oncogenic Herpes Viruses of Primates with Tumor Promoter 12-0-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (40901). Proc Soc for Exper Biol and Med 164: 485-490, 1980.
  3. O’Brien, S.J., Simonson, J., and *Eichelberger, M. Genetic Analysis of Hybrid Cells Using Isozyme Markers as Monitors of Chromosome Segregation. In: Techniques in Somatic Cell Genetics, Shay, J. (Ed.), Plenum, New York, 1982, pp. 513-524.
  4. O’Brien, S.J., Reeves, R., Simonson, J., *Eichelberger, M., and Nash, W. Parallels of Genomic Organization and Endogenous Retrovirus Organization in Cat and Man. Develop Genet 4: 341-354, 1984.
  5. O’Brien, S.J., Benveniste, R., Nash, W., Simonson, J., *Eichelberger, M., Wildt, D., and Bush, M. Constructing a Molecular Phylogeny of the Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca. In: Proc Int Sympm on Giant Panda, Klos, H., and Fradrich, H. (Eds.), Bongo, Berlin, 1985, pp. 175-182.
  6. O’Brien, S.J., Collier, G., Benveniste, R., Nash, W., Newman, A., Simonson, J., *Eichelberger, M., Seal, U., Bush, M., and Wildt, D. Setting the Molecular Clock in Felidae: The Great Cats, Panthera. In: Tigers of the World: the Biology, Biopolitics, Management and Conservation of an Endangered Species, Tilson, R., and Seal, U. (Eds.), Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, New Jersey, 1987, pp. 10-27.
  7. Dean, M., Stephens, J., Winkler, C., Lomb, D., Ramsburg, M., Boaze, R., Stewart, C., Charbonneau, L., Goldman, D., Albaugh, B., Goedert, J., Beasley, R., Hwang, L-Y., Buchbinder, S., Weedon, M., Johnson, P., *Eichelberger, M., and O’Brien, S.J. Polymorphic Admixture Typing in Human Ethnic Populations. Am J Hum Genet 55: 788-808, 1994.
  8. O’Brien, S.J., Cevario, S., Martenson, J., Thompson, M. Nash, W., Chang, E., Graves, J., Spencer, J., Cho, K-W., Tsujimoto, H., and Lyons, L. Comparative Gene Mapping in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus). J Hered 88: 408-414, 1997.

(*now Thompson, M.)