Dr. Tatjana Thomas started her college education at Glendale Community College. She then transferred to Arizona State University and debated between majoring in biology or English. She ended up receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in English. While at ASU, Dr. Thomas did research on leaf-cutter ants and tried to answer the questions: “Are some ants lazy?” If you get a chance, ask Dr. Thomas about the results of this study.
Dr. Thomas then moved to Baltimore, Maryland to perform graduate research at Johns Hopkins University. While there, she studied a retrovirus that causes cancer in chickens. Specifically, she studied how this virus is able to cause cancer at a molecular level. After receiving a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Thomas decided to move back to sunny Arizona.
One of Dr. Thomas’s favorite things to do is teaching. She tries to inspire her students to share her fascination with biology. Some of her former students are doing scientific research in graduate schools, attending dental school, and several are in physician’s assistant programs. Many of her students also became nurses. Dr. Thomas is very proud of so many of her students!