Scientific and academic researcher Ankur Thomas has educated elementary-school students at science fairs and undergraduates in classroom and three-hour laboratory settings. An in vivo and in vitro biologist, he also has worked for pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Biogen Idec. The skilled scientist’s areas of experience include developing biomarker assays applied in testing drugs for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and utilizing RNA interference (RNAi) in research on double cortex syndrome and developmental dyslexia. Highly motivated and adaptable, Ankur Thomas holds particular interest in conducting research that affects the treatment of disease.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he received a B.S. and an M.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology, the American biologist and educator has taught at Quinnipiac University and two other institutions of higher learning for a total of more than seven years. Focusing on organ systems of the human body, Ankur Thomas has taught anatomy and physiology, combining laboratory work with interactive Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. His practical methods of instructing and demonstrating experiments have earned him multiple superb teaching evaluations.
Ankur Thomas has augmented his teaching and research endeavors with research presentations around the country and as a contributor to articles published in professional journals. He also received an acknowledgement in one publication for validating plasmids. In addition to participating at school scientific festivals and fairs, Ankur Thomas volunteers by providing comfort to patients in a pediatric intensive-care unit and coordinating networking opportunities for businesses. He presented a seminar for university students as well, discussing the differences between working in industry and academia.