colby-sawyer faculty

William A. Thomas

Professor, Natural Sciences
(603) 526-3682 |

Joined the faculty in 1991. Received B.A. from Hamilton College, M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Professor Thomas is a cellular and developmental biologist. His interests lie in developmental neurobiology with emphasis on cell-to-cell and cell-to-substratum adhesion. He recently completed a sabbatical leave during which he researched cell adhesion at the Curie Institute in Paris. His work there continues for six weeks each summer at the invitation of colleagues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Analysis of diverse cellular adhesion phenomena
  • Biochemical purification
  • Developmental, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
  • Immunochemical techniques
  • Microscopy
  • Sterile cell and tissue culture techniques

Recent Presentations

  • Thomas, A. "Dual adhesive recognition systems in chick embryonic cells." Annual meeting of the American Society of Zoologists. Philadelphia, Penn.

  • Thomas, A. "Adhesion-meditated neuronal guidance." Department of Anatomy, Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Thomas, A. "Measurement of adhesive interactions using a dual pipette assay." CNRS seminar presentation. Institut Curie. Paris, France.

  • Thomas, A. "Differential adhesion by S-180 clones expressing different levels of cadherin at the cell surface." Annual research symposium of the Institut Curie. Dourdan, France.

  • Thomas, A. "Old wine in a new bottle: A sabbatical leave in Paris." Sabbatical leave dinner presentation. Colby-Sawyer College. New London, N.H.


  • M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
  • B.A., Hamilton College