BS, MS, Ph.D., University of Lagos (Nigeria)
Dr. Thomas has received several awards including the American Association of Immunologists Undergraduate Faculty and Minority Scientist Travel Awards, The Wellcome Trust Travel Award, Marine Biological Laboratories Fellowship and UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Medicine Travel awards. He is a member of several scientific societies including American Association of Immunologists, American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Network of Minority Research Investigators. He is a Faculty Mentor for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Maximizing Access to Research Careers (FASEB-MARC) program and a Board Member for Upstate Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. He serves on several Editorial Boards and is an invited reviewer for several journals.
In the News
November 3, 2023
RIT researcher looks for genetic switch to prevent ‘sleeping sickness’ in cattle
RIT researcher Bolaji Thomas is leading a $650,000 study to compare the genetic response in cattle in sub-Saharan Africa to the parasitic disease Trypanosomiasis, or “sleeping sickness,” that attacks their blood and brain. As parasites adapt to a warming world, the biting fly that transmits Trypanosomiasis could someday migrate to northern climates.
October 17, 2019
Podcast: The Impact of Malaria on Global Health
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 25: Not all learning does, or can, happen in a classroom. Last summer, Bolaji Thomas, professor in the College of Health Sciences and Technology, took a group of students to Nigeria to give them a firsthand look at the impact of malaria on global health. Abigail Melake, a biomedical sciences major, and Janice Fung, a biotechnology and molecular bioscience major, talk about what they learned.