Elizabeth Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

  • Office: Armington Learning Center, 306
  • Telephone: (606) 218-5067
  • E-mail: ElizabethThomas@upike.edu

CHE 313 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 315 Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 316 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE 335 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology
CHE 371 Chemical Research

Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; Chemistry, Nucleic Acid 2010-2016
Dissertation: The Development of Colorimetric Assays to Determine the Identity and Frequency of Specific Nucleobases in DNA Oligomers (Dr. Stephen M. Testa advisor)

M.S. University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky; Chemistry,Organic Synthesis 1998-2000
Thesis: Sharpless Approach to Asymmetric Thalidomide Analogs (Dr. Frederick A. Luzzio advisor)

B.S. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; Science Education, Chemistry 1992-1997

Certification (secondary teaching); Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis, Indiana 2007

  1. Ledford Appalachian Research Fellowship
  2. American Chemical Society Chapter Start-Up Grant
  3. The colorimetric determination of selectively cleaved adenosines and guanosines in DNA oligomers using bicinchoninic acid and copper. Elizabeth M. Thomas and Stephen M.Testa. Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. J Biol Inorg Chem (2016). Doi: 10.1007/s00775-016-1405-4.
  4. Substituted tetralins as selective estrogen receptor-β agonists. Elizabeth Marie Thomas, Bryan Hurst Norman, and Julian Stanley Kroin (Eli Lilly and Company, USA). Patent No. US 8,093,32 B2; Date of Patent: Jan. 10, 2012.
  5. SAR and biological evaluation of novel trans-3,4-dimethyl-4-arylpiperidine derivatives as opioid antagonists. Diaz, Nuria; Benvenga, Mark; Emmerson, Paul; Favors, Ryan; Mangold, Michael; McKinzie, Jamie; Patel, Nita:å Peters, Steven; Quimby, Steven; Shannon, Harlan; Siegel, Miles; Statnick, Michael; Thomas, Elizabeth; Woodland,Joseph; Surface, Peggy; Mitch, Charles. Discovery Research, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2005). 15(17), 3844-3848.

My research interests include developing colorimetric assays that utilize a cell phone camera image capture to identify nucleobases and also abasic sites within nucleotides (deoxyribose nucleic acids, DNA). The application of this research is to develop chemical learning activities and inexpensive, non-toxic, colorimetric assays that are accessible to everyone.

American Chemistry Society (ACS)