Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Peyton Thompson completed her pediatric infectious disease fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minored in Medical Spanish. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked in a free medical clinic in Richmond, Virginia where she served as a patient advocate and Spanish translator. She received her M.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she participated in the International, Inner City and Rural Preceptorship (I2CRP) program through which she had the opportunity to work clinically in Honduras, Guatemala and Peru.
Peyton’s research interests focus broadly on the promotion of infant health in low-resource areas through vaccination, with a particular interest in hepatitis B. During her fellowship, she worked with Steve Meshnick and Jonathan Parr on the AVERT-HBV study, which builds upon the existing HIV PMTCT framework in the DRC to screen and treat pregnant women for hepatitis B in order to prevent vertical transmission of hepatitis B. This study has since led to several other studies of hepatitis B transmission and prevention.