University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Paul D. Thomas, Ph.D.

Director, Division of Bioinformatics

Paul D. Thomas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Preventive Medicine Department, and heads the Bioinformatics Division.

Current research
Dr. Thomas’s own research lab focuses on the development and application of computational methods for reconstructing gene evolution, and using these techniques to understand the function of human genes, and how genetic factors may impact disease risk. Dr. Thomas is a Principal Investigator for the Gene Ontology project, which is among the world’s largest bioinformatics projects.

Thomas research group homepage

Best-known contributions
While at Celera Genomics, Dr. Thomas contributed to the first analysis of the human genome (published in Science magazine), co-writing (with Mani Subramanian) the 10-page overview of the function and evolution of human genes. Dr. Thomas is also known for the development of the PANTHER (Protein Analysis Through Evolutionary Relationships) web server, which is used by a broad community of researchers seeking information about gene function and evolution.

Publication list (PubMed)

Contact information
University of Southern California
1450 Biggy Street, NRT 2502
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9601
Phone: 323-442-7975
Fax: 323-442-7995
Email: pdthomas@usc.edu