Dr. Thomas is a Lead Toxicologist and leader of the Chemical Hazards Program team in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction. His duties include establishing priorities and projects to identify and mitigate potential health risks to consumers resulting from chemical exposures during product use. Dr. Thomas has conducted comprehensive exposure assessment studies of chemicals in consumer products and quantified the potential health risks to consumers exposed to various chemicals. Dr. Thomas is the leader of the CPSC nanotechnology team, and is responsible for developing agency activities and policy for nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas has served as a CPSC representative on a number of nanotechnology committees including the Federal Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) subcommittee, and is the co-chair for the Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) working group.
Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, a Master's degree in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, Houston. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Industrial Toxicology at the Warner-Lambert Corporation (now Pfizer Pharmaceutical).