Bolaji Thomas, PhD

Faculty Mentor

Bolaji ThomasBolaji Thomas

Bolaji Thomas, Ph.D.
Peer Mentor since 2009
Faculty Mentor since 2011



Dr. Bolaji Thomas is currently an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.  Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. in medical parasitology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2001 and did advanced postdoctoral research at the Drexel University College of Medicine and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Current research projects in his laboratory are focused on genomic diversity of complement regulatory genes and sickle cell pathophysiology, comparative expression profiling of persistent parasitemia in chronic leishmaniasis, genotypic variation and allelic diversity studies of Plasmodium falciparum surface proteins, and immunogenomic analysis of persistent parasitic pathogens in deferred blood donors. He has received several awards relating to his academic and research endeavors including the American Association of Immunologists 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 The American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Network of Minority Research Investigators.


Mentor's Motivational Message

 (Video date:: August 2010)


Contact Information


Affiliation: Associate Professor
Institution/Address:  Biomedical Sciences
 Rochester Institute of Technology
CBET Building 75 (Room 3151)
 153 Lomb Memorial Drive
 Rochester, NY 14623
Phone:  585.260.1943585.260.1943
Office:  585.475.6382585.475.6382
Email:  bntsbi@rit.edu
FASEB Society Member:  AAI
Scientific Discipline:  Molecular Biological Sciences /  Microbiological Sciences
ABRCMS 2014 Mentor:  YES



















Breaking the Ice - Bolaji's "Q&A"


 What is your passion?

 To positively influence and empower as many minority students as possible, to the extent that having minority professors in college will be the rule rather than the exception.

 If you could attend any college, free of charge, what college would that be and what major would you pursue?  Why?

 I would attend Johns Hopkins University.  Major would be Public Health.  I would add that to my present academic accomplishment to positively impact and advance public health, healthcare access and delivery for minorities.

 Are you a morning or a night person?

 Night person.

 What is one food you'd never want to taste again?


 What is the greatest value that guides your life? Why? 

 Do unto others as you want done unto you.  It makes the world go round and eliminates conflicts.

 It's Saturday morning.  What's the first thing you do when you wake up?

 Have an extensive family devotion with my wife and son.

 What kind of music do you like?

 Conservative, traditional Christian music.

 If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books and three people would you want there with you?

 Books:  The Bible, Leaders Who Last and Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices.   People: My wife and son.  My wife because she will drive me crazy and slow me down by so doing (which is good for me), and my son because of his cheeky little ways. 

 What is your worst personality characteristics?

 Too restless, always finding something to do.

 Name one thing that you couldn't live without.