James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson

Professor Emeritus, Applied Animal Biology

Founding Director, UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre



MacMillan 223, 2357 Main Mall

UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre

University of California, Davis, 1971, PhD, Physiology

University of British Columbia, 1966, MSc, Agriculture

University of British Columbia, 1964, BSc, Agriculture

Animal Biochemistry

Dr. Thompson’s recent work includes characterization of branched chain amino acid, methionine and glutamine metabolism in skeletal muscles from mammalian and avian species and determination of the regulation of skeletal muscle protein turnover by glutamine, ketone bodies and environmental temperature. Currently he is exploring the response of large animals to stressors.

Research Projects

The metabolic responses of animals to stressors. Currently emphasis is being placed on dairy cattle as an experimental model animal.

New senior undergraduate/graduate student course under development; Biochemical and physiological mechanisms of animal responses to stressors.

Hui Zhang, Victor K. Lo, J.R. Thompson, Frederic A. Koch, Ping H. Liao, Sergey Lobanov, Donald S. Mavinic & James W. Atwater (2015). Recovery of phosphorus from dairy manure: a pilot-scale study, Environmental Technology, 36:11, 1398-1404.

I. Chan, A. Srinivasan, P. Liao, K. Lo, D. Mavinic, J. Atwater and J.R. Thompson, "The Effects of Microwave Pretreatment of Dairy Manure on Methane Production," Natural Resources, Vol. 4 No. 3, 2013, pp. 246-256.

McAllister, T. A., J.R. Thompson and S.E. Samuels, 2000. Skeletal and cardiac muscle protein turnover during cold acclimation in young rats. Am. J. Physiol. 278: R705-R711.

Zhou, X. and J.R. Thompson 1997. Regulation of protein turnover by glutamine in heat shocked skeletal myotubes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1357: 234-242.

Okine, E.K., D.R. Glimm, J.R. Thompson and J.J. Kennelly, 1995. Influence of stage of lactation on glucose and glutamine metabolism in isolated enterocytes from dairy cattle. Metabolism 44: 325-331.