John B. Thomas, PhD

Professor Emeritus

John B. Thomas
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Genetic switch turned on during fasting helps stop inflammation

LA JOLLA—A molecular pathway that is activated in the brain during fasting helps halt the spread of intestinal bacteria into the bloodstream, according to a new study by a team …

Evolutionary conservation of fat metabolism pathways: Scientists say “if they ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em”

LA JOLLA, CA—By virtue of having survived, all animals-from flies to man-share a common expertise. All can distinguish times of plenty from famine and adjust their metabolism or behavior accordingly. …

Fruit flies soar as lab model, drug screen for the deadliest of human brain cancers

LA Jolla, CA—Fruit flies and humans share most of their genes, including 70 percent of all known human disease genes. Taking advantage of this remarkable evolutionary conservation, researchers …

Life without TORC is one big struggle

La Jolla, CA – Humans and fruitflies – those pesky little buggers that are irresistibly attracted to overripe fruit – share more than a sweet tooth. Both rely on the …

Genetic combination that steers newborn nerve cells identified by salk scientists

La Jolla, CA – Like a sextant that helps guide ships at sea, a specific combination of genes has been identified that directs newly born nerve cells to their final …


BA, Biology, Washington University
PhD, Biology, Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University