Thomas Wilson, Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
“Experience really counts in the area of student success. The interrelationships developed between faculty members within our different programs has definitely lifted each program near the top of the respective fields in our region.”
When Thomas Wilson graduated from the university’s medical technology program in 1987, little did he know then that he’d return as a researcher and faculty member working side-by-side with his former teachers.
“I started working here in the early 90’s as an adjunct faculty member teaching a couple of sections of anatomy and physiology labs,” Wilson recalls. “Within a year or so I started working with Profs. Gene Rogers and Robert Nicolosi on research that examined a new cholesterol lowering medication that was being developed by a start-up pharmaceutical company.”
Wilson went on to teach two senior courses in nutrition as an adjunct while he was still a professor at Boston University. When the opportunity came to join the University in 1997 as a research scientist – and then, as assistant professor in 2000, he came on board full-time.
“It was a very easy decision to leave Boston University and come to work as a researcher and teacher here,” says Wilson who is now an associate professor. “Nearly all of the faculty members in the Clinical Laboratory department were my former professors when I was a student here or colleagues when I worked as an adjunct faculty member.”
Faculty Experience Leads to Student Success
The programs within the Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences
are considered top-notch. Graduating medical technology students have received a 92 percent average pass rate for the last five years on the national medical laboratory scientist board exam.
“The department is strong thanks to long-standing faculty members who are involved in the development and teaching of courses,” says Wilson. “Experience really counts in the area of student success. The interrelationships developed between faculty members within our different programs has definitely lifted each program near the top of the respective fields in our region.”
Wilson researches the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer prevention and treatment, the study of micronutrients on inflammation and the development of nanotechnology in the use of drug and nutrient delivery systems and bioavailability. He has mentored many students interested in improving human health.
“Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels have exciting opportunities to be involved in research projects that involve human subjects, animal models or even cell culture studies,” says Wilson.
Many students have gone on to be lead authors in publications and have presented posters or oral presentations at national conferences.
“The most rewarding thing about working here is to see our students graduate. I have seen them transform from being shocked at getting a passing grade in physiological chemistry to being confident and successful scientists.”