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Derek Thomas

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Email
thomasde@gvsu.edu

Title
Assistant Professor

Office
314 Henry Hall

Phone
616-331-2812

Fax
616-331-2090

Office Hours

See available times here, or by appointment.

Courses Taught

BMS 212 - Introductory Microbiology
BMS 213 - Laboratory in Microbiology
BMS 301 - Introduction to Research
BMS 312 - Bacterial Genetics
BMS 313 - Bacterial Genetics laboratory

Education/Training

Research Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007-2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2005-2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2003-2005
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sussex, 2001-2002
Ph. D Molecular microbiology, University of Wales Swansea, 2002
BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Wales Swansea, 1997

Research Interests

My research focuses on using Candida albicans as a model fungal pathogen. C. albicans is a frequently acquired nosocomial infection both within the US and worldwide. It is an increasingly common threat to human health as a consequence of AIDS, steroid therapy, organ and tissue transplantation, cancer therapy, broad spectrum antibiotics, and other immune defects. These infections carry unacceptably high morbidity, mortality rates (30-50%), and important economic repercussions (estimated total direct cost of approximately 2 billion dollars in 1998 in US hospitals alone).

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