Emmanuel Thomas, Ph.D. '05, M.D. '07

By UM News

Emmanuel Thomas, Ph.D. '05, M.D. '07

By UM News

Emmanuel Thomas, Ph.D. ’05, M.D. ’07, is the co-director of a diagnostic laboratory providing validated testing reagents and virus transport media to the Department of Pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has recently given national webinars on COVID-19 as part of his work with the American Liver Foundation and the American Association for the study of Liver Diseases.

Dr. Thomas leads a program to screen for RNA viruses, including HCV and HIV. He notes, “We have been able to cope with this current pandemic using validated strategies to prevent transmission and test for SARS-CoV2” – approaches that are based on his published methods to inactivate RNA viruses so they are no longer infectious. Dr. Thomas’s message to those who are not on the front line: “My wife is an intensive care unit nurse at a local community hospital in Miami, FL, taking care of patients sick with COVID-19. The prolonged and appropriate use of PPE in this current environment cannot be understated.”