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- Grad Student - Biochemistry
Chantz Thomas is a protein designer with the Graduate Program in Chemistry at the University of Washington. He is seeking to contribute transformational advances to biotechnology, human health, alternative energy, and beyond – through protein engineering.
Chantz attended the University of Kansas, obtaining a BS in Microbiology and a BA in History in 2011. He conducted undergraduate immunological research under Professor Stephen Benedict at KU and Professor Kai Wucherpfennig at Harvard/Dana-Farber. Chantz also had the opportunity to investigate immune system dysfunction during spaceflight as a Research Associate in the NASA Ames Academy, where he worked on samples from shuttle mission STS-131 and participated in cross-disciplinary leadership training.
In 2012, Chantz got his first experience in the Baker Lab by working on a project that sought to control the Wnt signaling pathway, which is vital to human development and plays a crucial role in the course of several cancers. His work included the design of a novel binding protein. Following two years of applied biomedical study as part of a Medical Scientist (MD) Training Program, Chantz investigated the origins of biomolecules on icy worlds under NASA funding from the UW Astrobiology Program, before returning to the interface of protein engineering and immunology for his PhD work. Chantz’s extramural interests include space mission design, science outreach, student mentoring, politics, literature, cooking, and photography.
Chantz is a 2014 Fellow in the AAAS’s Emerging Leaders in Science and Society pilot program. In that capacity, he serves as an ambassador between the minds of science and the policymakers, industry leaders, and community members who will serve as influential partners in the next generation of scientific discovery. He has been inspired to explore the intersection of academia, industry, and government by his time at NASA and his background in historical study. Chantz is seeking a career that will challenge him in its intellectual diversity, its responsibilities, and its global impact.
Feel free to contact Chantz with questions or other requests.
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- 1 year 11 weeks