The Power List 2016
Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Thomas holds multiple roles. He is a scientist with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and also a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado and Director of the university’s BioFrontiers Institute. His research speciality is RNA – specifically the structure and mechanism of long noncoding RNAs and RNA-protein complexes – and he shared a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA in 1989. A more recent achievement is his induction to the 2016 class of Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research.