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Michael Thomas

Michael A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor
Genome Biology

Office: Life Sciences 230

(208) 282-4150

Evolutionary Genomics Group

Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 316/317
We are a diverse group of researchers who conduct innovative research exploring genome-scale processes using bioinformatics and evolutionary biology.


2000, Ph.D. Entomology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
1994, M.S. Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
1991, B.S. Biology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

2000-2003, Postdoctoral fellow, Rat genome project, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Thomas joined the Biological Sciences department in 2003. His interest in evolutionary biology has been a lifelong endeavor. His research interests mainly involve the evolution of genomes, in which he applies evolutionary theory and approaches to address a variety of problems, from understanding the evolution of alternative splicing to assessing the human health consequences of pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials in environmental systems.


BIOL 3358 Genetics
BIOL 4417/5517 Organic Evolution
BIOL 4491/4492 Senior Seminar
Graduate-level Seminars

Selected Publications

Michael A. Thomas, Gary W. Roemer, C. Josh Donlan, Brett G. Dickson, Marjorie Matocq, and Jason Malaney. 2013. Gene tweaking for conservation. Nature 501:485-486.

Luobin Yang, Steve C. Chiu, Wei-keng Liao & Michael A. Thomas. 2011. High Performance Data Clustering: A Comparison Analysis of Performance for GPU, RASC, MPI, and OpenMP Implementations. Journal of Supercomputing, 2012:3 DOI:10.1007/s11227-013-0906-y.

Sophie St-Hilaire, Victor O Ezike, Henrik Stryhn & Michael A Thomas. 2012. An ecological study on childhood autism. International Journal of Health Geographics 11:44. PMCID: PMC3504530.

Michael A. Thomas & Rebecca D. Klaper. 2012. Psychoactive Pharmaceuticals Induce Fish Gene Expression Profiles Associated with Human Idiopathic Autism. PLoS One. 7(6): e32917. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032917. PMCID: PMC3368908.

Peter Hallock and Michael A. Thomas. 2012. Integrating the Alzheimer's disease proteome and transcriptome: A comprehensive network model of a complex disease. OMICS. 16(1). PMID: 22321014, PMCID: PMC3275800


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