Floyd Thompson

ProfessorDr. Floyd Thompson

Department of Physiological Sciences
PO Box 100144
1333 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610-0144
Office:  352-294-0033
Fax: 352-392-5145


  • B.A. Zoology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ph.D. Physiology/Neurophysiology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Postdoc, Rockefeller University, New York

Honors and Awards

  • 1978 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Presented by Class of 1981, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1979 College Council Teacher of the Year, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1986 Elected to Honorary Membership, Phi Zeta
  • Teacher of the Year, College of Veterinary Medicine Classes of 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • SCAVMA Basic Science Teacher of the Year 1979, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • SCAVMA Teacher of the Year National Candidate 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004

Research Interests

A problem of particular interest in our laboratory is spasticity following traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. These injuries disrupt portions of the motor pathways that regulate excitability of spinal motor systems. As we learn more about how injuries alter fundamental processes, we can develop and test experimental therapies that incorporate these issues. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness to two modes of activity directed plasticity on locomotor recovery following spinal cord injury. In addition, we are developing a model of traumatic brain injury-induced spasticity to increase our understanding of the neurobiology of this condition. Collectively, these studies utilize neurophysiological, behavioral, anatomical, and immunohistochemical investigations.

Recent Publications

Additional publications here