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Gloria Thomas, Ph.D.
PhD, Chemistry, Louisiana State University, 2002
BS, Chemistry, Southern University and A&M College, 1996

Telephone Number: 504-520-7380
Room Number: NCF - Room 337
Email Address: gthomas5@xula.edu

 

Courses

General Chemistry Lab II, Quantitative Analysis lecture and lab

 

Short Professional Biography

Dr. Gloria Thomas received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA in 1996. After working in the chemical industry for a brief period, she earned a doctorate in chemistry at Louisiana State University in 2002.  Dr. Thomas was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2003 and at Xavier University of Louisiana in 2007.

She was 2007 chair and current PI of the NSF Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Leadership Group, a member of the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (2005 – 2009) and is actively involved in the American Chemical Society as a past subcommittee chair of the Younger Chemists Committee.

Dr. Thomas’ professional interests include bioanalytical applications of electrophoresis and microdevice technology, and new technologies and strategies in chemical education.  She also enjoys photography and iEverything, and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

 

Research Interest

Dr. Thomas' research interests are primarily in electrophoretic and microfluidic analyses using laser-induced fluorescence detection.  Her research includes applications of biological relevance (e.g., estrogen metabolite analysis, evaluation of bioaffinity in transcription factor assays, amino acid profiling in fish), microfabrication and characterization of polymeric devices, and fluorescence microscopy.

 

Current Grant Support

LA Research Infrastructure Improvement: Science Drivers and CyberTools
NSF/Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), #0701491, Khonsari (PI), Thomas (Subcontract PI), 01/01/2008- 09/30/2010, Subcontract Amount: $153,218
The goal of this subcontract is the development of undergraduate laboratory exercises using the genosenor developed by collaborators at Louisiana State University.  The genosensor incorporates multiple biological sample processing steps in one instrument in a modular format using microfluidics and microarray detection using laser-induced fluorescence.

Development of a microfluidic device for SELEX analysis of Transcription Factor Assays
Louisiana Board of Regents, NSF(2009)-PFUND-163, Thomas (PI), 02/1/09 – 01/31/2009, Award: $10,000
This project seeks the development of a device capable of performing the traditional SELEX analysis in a modular microfluidic format that incorporates transcription factor/DNA binding as well as DNA amplification.

The Chemistry Leadership Group: Improving, Expanding and Diversifying the REU Experience
National Science Foundation, NSF #0739442, Thomas (PI), 8/15/2007 – 7/31/2010, Award: $76,329
This award supports the efforts of the REU Leadership group to advocate for undergraduate research and support the PI community through various activities.

 

Recent Publications

E. El-Giar, E. Waddell, G. Thomas, Fabrication Techniques for Bioanalytical Microdevices in Biological Applications of Microfluidics; F. Gomez, Ed.: Hoboken, NJ, 2008; pp 355 – 369.

G. Thomas, E. El-Giar, L. Locascio, M. Tarlov, Hydrogel-Immobilized Antibodies for Microfluidic Immunoassays In Microfluidic Techniques: Reviews and Protocols; S. D. Minteer, Ed.; Humana Press Inc.: Totowa, NJ, 2006; Vol. 321, pp 83-95.

Presentations (2006 – 2009)

  1. Gloria Thomas, Hard Choices and Career Decisions, University of Texas Chemistry Department, Austin, TX, Oct 2009.  (invited, oral)
  2. Gloria Thomas, Development of a Microfluidic Device for SELEX Analysis of Transcription Factors, University of Texas Chemistry Department, Austin, TX, Oct 2009. (invited, oral) 
  3. Loren Hardeman*, Lauren Spivey*, Kelly Johanson, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of an integrated microSELEX device:  Immobilization of transcription factors using microfluidic hydrogels, XULA/Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research Summer Academy Symposium, New Orleans, LA, July 2009.  (contributed, oral)
  4. Tyrica Foster*, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Immunoassay of estrogen metabolites using microdevice electrophoresis and laser-induced fluorescence detection, XULA/Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research Summer Academy Symposium, New Orleans, LA, July 2009. (contributed, oral)
  5. Marion Carroll, Gloria Thomas, Microfluidics and Undergraduate Education, NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research – Research Infrastructure Improvement (EPSCoR RII Symposium), Baton Rouge, LA, May 2009. (invited, oral)
  6. Owokunile Otubusin*, Hui Chen, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Microfluidic immunoassay of estrogen metabolites using laser-induced fluorescence detection, XULA Festival of Scholars, New Orleans, LA, April 2009. (contributed, poster)
  7. Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of a Microdevice for SELEX Analysis of Transcription Factors, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, April 2009.  (oral, invited)
  8. Lauren Spivey*, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Characterization of hydrogel-entrapped antibodies, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009. (contributed, poster)
  9. Owokunile Otubusin*, Hui Chen, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Microfluidic immunoassay of estrogen metabolites using laser-induced fluorescence detection, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009. (contributed, poster)
  10. Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of a Microdevice for SELEX Analysis of Transcription Factors, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium Scientific Retreat, New Orleans, LA, March 2009.  (poster, contributed)
  11. Lauren Spivey*, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of Microfluidic Hydrogels for Bioanalytical Applications, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Orlando, FL, November 2008. (contributed, poster)
  12. Lauren Spivey*, Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of Microfluidic Hydrogels for Bioanalytical Applications, XULA/Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research Summer Academy Symposium, New Orleans, LA, July 2008. (contributed, oral)
  13. Gloria Thomas MaGee, Hard Choices and Career Decisions, Louisiana State University Chemistry Department, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2008.  (invited, oral)
  14. Gloria Thomas MaGee, Development of a Microfluidic Hydrogel Method for Transcription Factor Assays, NOBCChE National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2008. (contributed, oral)
  15. Gloria Thomas, Development of a Microfluidic Method for Transcription Factor Assays, Southeast Regional Meeting of the ACS, Greensville, SC, October, 2007.  (invited, oral)
  16. Gloria Thomas, Microfabrication of Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for Bioanalytical Applications, NOBCChE National Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 2007. (contributed, oral)
  17. Zakiya Wilson, Gloria Thomas, Practical Strategies for Broadening Participation:  How?, ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2007.  (invited, oral)
  18. Gloria Thomas, The Challenges of Undergraduate Research in Practice, PITTCON, Chicago, IL, March 2007.  (invited, oral)
  19. Hui Chen, Gloria Thomas, A Universal Streptavidin Hydrogel for the Immoblization of Nucleic Acids, PITTCON, Chicago, IL, March 2007. (poster)
  20. Gloria Thomas, Microfluidic Hydrogels for Bioanalytical Applications: Metabolite Analysis and Transcription Factor Assays, Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS), Somerset, NJ, Nov 2006.  (invited, oral)
  21. Gloria Thomas, Interdisciplinary Research in Microfluidics: Where Chemistry, Biology and Materials Science Meet, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Augusta, GA, Nov 2006.  (oral)
  22. Gloria Thomas, Microfluidic Hydrogels as an Alternative to Biomolecule Immobilization: Universal Streptavidin Hydrogels, Young Investigators Symposium of the National Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Orlando, FL, Oct 2006. (invited, oral)
  23. Gloria Thomas, Biomolecule Immobilization and Applications using Microfluidic Hydrogels, ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2006. (oral)
  24. Gloria Thomas, Academic Success and Professional Development, Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi (AGEM) Statewide Conference, Hattiesburg, MS, 2006.  (invited, oral)
  25. Gloria Thomas, Microfabrication of Polymeric Microfluidic Devices for Bioanalytical Applications, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2006. (invited, oral)

 

 
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