Peyton Thompson is a pediatric infectious disease fellow in her last year of training 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.
During her residency in pediatrics, Peyton continued to pursue global health through research related to pediatric emergency care in Nairobi, Kenya. She also developed a keen interest in infant vaccination, creating a curriculum for residents on “addressing the vaccine hesitant parent” and studying the effect of missed birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine on a child’s immunization status later in life.
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. She is currently working 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.