Collin Thomas

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      Dr. Collin Thomas is a professor of Biology at Collin College. He teaches science courses in general biology, genetics, and associated lab courses. Dr. Thomas leads two cross disciplinary learning communities, one in astrobiology and another in molecular genetics. His previous research focused on the role of autophagy genes in mediating host resistance to bacterial pathogens. Using the cellular slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum, Dr. Thomas helped identify Salmonella to be made more pathogenic through the loss of autophagic function. This work is related to his current work on endosymbiosis. If you ask Collin College biology professor Dr. Collin Thomas how previous research could have a strong effect on a student today, he would probably smile and gesture for you to take a seat. You would be in for a treat because this professor is a research scientist that frolics and romps in molecular playgrounds. He has not only published papers on his findings, but he has also patente
      White paper/research:
      Dr. Thomas has published numerous papers in well-known scientific journals including "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," "Plant Cell," "Biotechniques," and "Plant Molecular Biology."
      Books/articles published:
      Dr. Collin Thomas is a patent-holder and has published numerous papers in well-known scientific journals including "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," "Plant Cell," "Biotechniques," and "Plant Molecular Biology." In 1999, when Dr. Thomas was completing his doctoral research and reported his initial discovery that led to his patent, he was treated much like Galileo the day he said that the earth revolved around the sun. Dr. Thomas postulated that the cell actually pumped its energy (Adenosine Tri Phosphate; ATP) outside of itself. Normally, ATP remains inside of the cell.
      Awards/associations/memberships:
      Dr. Thomas is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the scientific research society Sigma Xi, and he was awarded graduate fellowships with the National Science Foundation and UT Austin in addition to earning the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award. Nov 20, 2014 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named Dr. Collin Thomas the 2014 Texas Professor of the Year at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This honor marks the seventh Carnegie Professor of the Year from Collin College, and the college’s third Texas Professor of the Year in a row.
      Prior media experience:
      Today, Nov. 20,2014, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named Dr. Collin Thomas the 2014 Texas Professor of the Year at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This honor marks the seventh Carnegie Professor of the Year from Collin College, and the college’s third Texas Professor of the Year in a row. “Dr. Thomas is a great example of the outstanding professors teaching our students, and we are thrilled for him,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “It is unprecedented to have seven winners from one college.” The win is a shared victory for two local institutions of higher education. “I nominated Dr. Thomas for the award based on his service at Collin College, but we are celebrating this win with the University of Texas at Dallas because they lured Dr. Thomas away this fall. We have a strong partnership with UT Dallas, and we couldn’t be happier to celeb
      Educational background:
      He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. A postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics at Rockefeller University, he served as a senior research associate at UT Southwestern Medical School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the scientific research society Sigma Xi, and he was awarded graduate fellowships with the National Science Foundation and UT Austin in addition to earning the National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award.

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