UW Bioengineering Associate Professor Wendy Thomas was selected for a 2016 UW Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes Dr. Thomas’s outstanding teaching and mentoring, excellence in research, selfless contributions to service at UW and beyond, and her efforts to champion inclusion. Dr. Thomas is among 7 recipients of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are part of UW’s Awards of Excellence, which recognize achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support. The winners will be recognized at a public ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on June 9 in Meany Hall.

Dr. Thomas studies regulation of biological adhesion, and her research focuses on the biophysics of catch bonds involved in blood clotting and in bacterial infections. She is developing new smart medical adhesives by utilizing biological adhesive molecules that can be triggered to bind or dissociate, as well as instruments for studying the biophysics of adhesive molecules involved in infection and thrombosis. Learn more about Wendy Thomas’s research.

Dr. Thomas is a 2003 graduate of UW Bioengineering’s Ph.D. program. She has been a member of the department’s faculty since 2004.