Thomas Tomasiak*

Assistant Professor Accepting Students

Thomas Tomasiak*

Assistant Professor Accepting Students

Degrees and Appointments:

  • 2004, Biomedical Sciences, Grand Valley State University
  • 2011, PhD, Vanderbilt University (Prof. Tina Iverson)
  • 2010 - 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) (Prof. Robert Stroud)
  • 2015-2017 Research Specialist, University of California - San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 2018 - Present, Assistant Professor University of Arizona

Research Specialities: Biophysics, Metabolism, Signaling, and Regulation, Protein and Membrane Biochemistry, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure, Structural Biology

Research

Our bodies face the tremendous task of sorting, organizing, and safely dealing with the millions of small molecules they encounter every day. These chemicals include nutrients, drugs, and toxins with profound implications for our health and for drug design. Our lab focuses on the main systems that our bodies use to recognize and sort these compounds, especially transporters from the ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) and Solute Carrier Superfamily (SLC) families using a combination of biochemistry, genetics, and structural biology. These transporters have presented challenges owing to their instability once extracted from our cells membranes. The formulation of new lipid isolation systems, new analytical methods, and powerful new structural biology tools, especially powerful new electron microscopes, have cracked these problems open and present an exciting new forefront in understanding fundamental biology as well as in drug design. Read More.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2007 Lee Limbird Dissertation Enhancement Award
  • 2015 NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award
Faculty Tenure Track Faculty Biochemistry