Elizabeth Thompson, Professor, received a B.A. in Mathematics (1970), a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics (1971), and Ph.D. in Statistics (1974), from Cambridge University, UK. In 1974-5 she was a NATO/SRC postdoc in the Department of Genetics, Stanford University. From 1975-81 she was a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and from 1981-5 was Fellow and Director of Studies in Mathematics at Newnham College. From 1976-1985 she was a University Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge. She joined the faculty of the University of Washington in December 1985, as a Professor of Statistics.
From 1988 to 2004, Dr. Thompson was also Professor of Biostatistics at UW, and from 2000 to 2005 an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. Since Spring 2000, she has been an Adjunct Professor in Genetics (now Genome Sciences), and from 2006 also in Biostatistics. at the University of Washington.
At the University of Washington, Dr. Thompson was Chair of the Department of Statistics from 1989-94, and was Graduate Program Coordinator in Statistics, 1995-8, and 1999-2000. From 1990 to 2002 she was a member of the QERM Interdisciplinary Graduate Program faculty, and served as the alternate QERM Graduate Program Coordinator for 1998-9. From 1999-2002 she was also a member of the interdisciplinary faculty group in Computational Molecular Biology, but since 1999 has focussed primarily on the development of research and education in Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington .