Thomas grew up in Chicago, IL and double-majored in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He first fell in love with molecular biology in high school while doing internships in the labs of Kelly Mayo and Boris Pasche at Northwestern. While in college, he worked in the lab of Ilaria Rebay, studying transcriptional regulation downstream of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in Drosophila. In the Loparo Lab, Thomas is 1) working in collaboration with David Rudner’s lab to study how bacterial chromosomes are organized by interactions with nucleoid-associated proteins (NAPs) and 2) working with our next-door neighbors in Johannes Walter’s lab to develop a single-molecule platform for studying replication-associated DNA damage repair in Xenopus egg extracts. In his free time, Thomas enjoys reading nonfiction books, jogging, going to the gym, playing the piano, and running Grey Poupon mustard on SDS-PAGE gels.