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Marian Johnson-Thompson

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Molecular Virologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
12/9/1946
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Molecular Virologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
12/9/1946
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Molecular virologist, research director, and professor Marian Cecelia Johnson-Thompson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 9, 1946. She grew up in Rivera Beach, Florida. After graduating from high school in 1956, Johnson-Thompson enrolled at Howard University and graduated from there with her B.S. degree in microbiology in 1969 and her M.S. degree in microbiology in 1971. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in molecular virology from Georgetown University Medical School in 1978.

Upon graduation, Johnson-Thompson was hired by the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) where she became a Professor of Biology in 1995. She also served as an adjunct professor of Pharmacology at Georgetown University, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Botany at Howard University. In addition, Johnson-Thompson held appointments as a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, and as a molecular virologist at the National Cancer Institute. In 1992, Johnson-Thompson was appointed as the Director of Education and Biomedical Research Development for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). While there, she developed K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs as well as minority training programs. Her major initiatives include the Bridging Education, Science and Technology (BEST) Program, Advanced Research Cooperation in Environmental Health (ARCH) program. Her publications include over forty-five articles, book chapters and abstracts that focus on training, mentoring, and developing public policy to advance underrepresented groups in STEM fields. In 2004, Johnson-Thompson was named Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Sciences at UDC and she began serving as an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at the University of NC-Chapel Hill.

Johnson-Thompson served as chair of the NIEHS Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. At the national level, she served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Subjects Research Advisory Committee and the Trans-NIH Human Microbiome Working Group. Johnson-Thomson is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the International Congress of Black Women. In 1978, she was a founding member of the National Network of Minority Women in Science.

Her awards and honors include the Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology in 2004 for her contributions to the advancement and full participation of women in microbiology. Johnson-Thompson was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology in 1998 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001.

Marian Johnson-Thompson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marian Johnson-Thompson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her mother's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her mother's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her mother's growing up in Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her father's education and his employment at the USO in Galveston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her father's medical training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her father's medical practice, his death and the help that she received from his friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her siblings, and living with her father in Clewiston, Florida, in the first grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about spending her childhood in Boston and Florida, and her parents' complicated relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about starting school in Boston, Massachusetts and Clewiston, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about being aware of her parents' complicated relationship as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her experience in the fourth grade in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her experience in grade school in Clewiston, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about living with her stepmother, and her father's death in 1961
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her father's microscope, and her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about applying to Howard University, and her stepmother's denial of her family's inheritance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her experience at Howard University and talks about her godparents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her teachers and scholars at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about HistoryMakers LaSalle Leffall, Georgia Dunston and Agnes Day at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about HistoryMaker LaSalle Leffall at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about anthropologist Montague Cobb, the rise of Black Power in America and the civil rights era in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about pledging Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and how it helped her to improve her academic performance at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the political activism at Howard University in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her decision to pursue a master's degree in microbiology at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her master's thesis research on the ultrastructure of the fungus, Neurospora crassa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about being appointed as an instructor of biology at the University of District of Columbia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Georgetown University - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Georgetown University - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her doctoral dissertation work on the effect of 5-azacytidine on Simian Virus 40 DNA replication and conformation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson discusses the eradication of smallpox in 1979
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) as the place where she advanced scientifically
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her involvement in teaching and administration at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her involvement with the National Network of Minority Women in Science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about teaching part-time at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the etiology of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about becoming a full professor at the University of the District of Columbia and her research and teaching roles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her appointment as Director of Institutional Diversity at the NIEHS
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes the NIEHS Advanced Research Collaboration for Environmental Health (ARCH) Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the Environmental Justice Program, and the importance of standard guidelines for research on human subjects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about research on the Epstein-Barr virus in Uganda
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about the awards and recognition received for her career's work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Marian Johnson-Thompson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about microbiologist William Hinton and the controversy surrounding his will - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about microbiologist William Hinton and the controversy surrounding his will - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Marian Johnson-Thompson reflects upon her life's choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about Henrietta Lacks, HeLa cells, and author, Rebecca Skloot
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about her involvement with mentoring
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Marian Johnson-Thompson talks about how she would like to be remembered