Dr. Amy L. Thompson is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Biology at Austin Peay State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology and her Bachelors of Science degree from Austin Peay State University in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science). She teaches Cellular & Molecular Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, and Microbiology. Her current research focuses on brown recluse spider venom as a potential treatment for breast cancer and the antimicrobial properties of essential oils. She has published and presented on topics related to brown recluse spider venom, medicinal properties of plants and other biological agents, using popular culture in teaching, and the CDC and WHO response to disease. She is active in the Tennessee Academy of Science and served as the 2021 President. She was named one of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 40 Under 40 and holds Board of Registry Certification in Medical Technology.