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Jeremy Thompson

Research Associate & Lecturer

215 Plant Science

Jeremy ThompsonStarting Date at Cornell: March 2010


1991 B.Sc (Hons.) Genetics, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
1995 Ph.D Virology/Breeding, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Current Research Focus

I have five current research interests, all related to virology:

Diagnostics: improvements in the sensitivity and breadth of molecular (virus) detection using established and novel techniques such as: Arrays, qPCR, RCA, ELISA, etc.

Evolution: understanding the processes and mechanisms involved virus adaptation using computational analyses of field and database samples.

RNA structure: determining the structure and role of viral genomic RNA in the infection process.

Nanotechnology: exploiting the plasticity of virus encapsidation in the development of viral nanoparticles.

Virus Discovery: biological characterization of novel viruses.

Professional Experience

I have over 20 years research experience in molecular biology and virology working on long-term research projects on a variety of different agronomically important crops and model plants in laboratories in England (IACR-Rothamsted), Spain (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica), Germany (Julius Kühn-Institut) and Italy (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology). My main contributions to the field of virology have been in diagnostics, virus resistance, infection processes, evolution, biosafety and taxonomy. From 2004-2009 I co-supervised the complete installation and administration of the Biosafety Outstation in Ca’Tron di Roncade, Veneto, Italy – a research station aimed at studying the potential risks concerning genetically modified crops and plant pathogens.

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4015-4058


PLSCI-4940: Molecular Diagnostics; from lab to viñedo - A fi­ve-credit practical course with a winter break component spent in the vineyards of Chile

BIOG-2990: Introduction to Research Methods in Biology

BIOG-4990: Independent Undergraduate Research in Biology

Presently, I supervise and co-supervise the research of post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students.

Previous to my present position, I ran one week long research courses in plant molecular biology for master’s students (Heidelberg, Germany) and was continually involved in outreach activities with the general public, special interest groups, growers and schools on the subject of genetic engineering and biosafety (Veneto, Italy).

Societies and Working Groups

Chair of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Secoviridae Study Group -

Member of the ICTV Picornavirales Study Group-

Senior Editor of Plant Disease -

Associate Editor of the European Journal of Plant Pathology ( Handled 89 articles since 2011.

Associate Editor of Phytopathology

Review Editor for ‘Frontiers in Virology’ (

Member of the Cornell Latin American Studies Program Steering Committee.

Web Pages

Recent Publications

J. Vargas-Asencio, K. Wojciechowska, M. Baskerville, A. L. Gomez, K. L. Perry, J. R. Thompson* (2017) The complete nucleotide sequence and genomic characterization of grapevine asteroid mosaic associated virus. Virus Research 227 (2), 82–87

K. L. Perry, H. McLane, M. Z. Hyder, G. Dangl, J. R Thompson, M. F. Fuchs (2016) Grapevine red blotch-associated virus is present in free-living Vitis sp. proximal to cultivated grapevines. Phytopathology, 106(6):663-70

J. Vargas-Asencio, M. Al Rwahnih, A. Rowhani, F. Celebi-Toprak, J. R. Thompson, M. Fuchs, K. L. Perry (2016) Limited genetic variability among American isolates of Grapevine virus E from Vitis spp. Plant Disease. 100:159-163.

J. R. Thompson, J. L. Langenhan, M. Fuchs and K. L. Perry (2015) Genotyping of Cucumber mosaic virus isolates in western New York State during epidemic years: characterization of an emergent plant virus population. Virus Research. doi:10.1016/j.virusres.2015.07.028

T. W. Guo, D. Vimalesvaran, J. R. Thompson, B. Krenz, and K. L Perry (2015) Subcellular localization of Grapevine red blotch-associated virus ORFs V2 and V3. Virus Genes. doi: 10.1007/s11262-015-1205-x

J. Vargas, M. Al Rwahnih, A. Rowhani, F. Celebi-Toprak, J. R. Thompson, M. Fuchs, K. L. Perry (2015) Grapevine virus E in North American grapevines. Plant Disease. In press

B. Krenz, A. Bronikowski, X. Lu, H. Ziebell, J.R. Thompson, K. L. Perry (2015) Early onset of Cucumber mosaic virus infection in Nicotiana benthamiana following transmission by the aphid vector Myzus persicae. Journal of General Virology. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.000185

R. van der Vlugt, M. Verbeek, A. Dullemans, W.M. Wintermantel, W.J. Cuellar, A. Fox, J.R. Thompson (2015) Torradoviruses. Annual Review of Phytopathology. 53:23.1–23.28

J. R. Thompson, N. Kamath and K. L. Perry (2014). An evolutionary analysis of the Secoviridae family of viruses. PLoS ONE 9(9): e106305. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106305.

B. Krenz, J. R. Thompson, H. L. McLane, M. Fuchs, and K. L. Perry (2014). Grapevine red blotch-associated virus is widespread in the United States. Phytopathology. 104(11):1232-40

J. R. Thompson, M. Fuchs, H. McLane, F. Celebi-Toprak, K. Fischer and K. L. Perry (2014). Profiling viral infections in grapevine using a randomly primed RT-PCR/Macroarray multiplex platform. Phytopathology. 104(2):211-9.

F. Celebi-Toprak, J. R. Thompson, K. L. Perry and M. Fuchs (2013). Arabis mosaic virus in grapevines in New York State. Plant Disease. 97(6), 849.

B.Krenz, J. R. Thompson, M. Fuchs, and K. L. Perry (2012). Complete genome sequence of a new circular DNA virus from grapevine. Journal of Virology. 86(14), 7715.

J. R. Thompson, M. F. Fuchs and K. L. Perry (2012). Macroarray detection of grapevine leafroll associated viruses. Journal of Virological Methods. 183, 161-169.

X. Lu, J. R.  Thompson and K. L. Perry (2012). Encapsidation of DNA, a protein and a fluorophore into virus-like particles by the capsid protein of cucumber mosaic virus.  Journal of General Virology 93, 1120–1126.

S. Matic, A. T. Pais da Cunha, J. R. Thompson and M. Tepfer (2012). An analysis of Cassava mosaic disease associated viruses in two Angolan provinces. Journal of Plant Pathology. 94(2):443-450.

V. Zaffalon, S. K. Mukherjee, V.S. Reddy, J. R. Thompson and M. Tepfer (2012). A survey of geminiviruses and associated satellites in the cotton growing areas of Northwestern India. Archives of Virology. 157(3):483-95

J. R. Thompson, Marc Fuchs, and Keith Perry (2012). Genomic analysis of Grapevine leafroll associated virus-5 and related viruses. Virus Research.  163(1):19-27