Tina   Thomas

Lecturer II  

Office: ESCNE 3.116
Phone: (956) 665-3744
Email: tina.thomas@utrgv.edu

Dr. Tina Thomas

Dr. Thomas teaches General Chemistry, Chemistry for Engineers and Environmental Chemistry. Research interests includes Carbohydrate analysis and biofuel/biodiesel/bioethanol production from algae, lignocellulosic and oil seeds.





Selected Publications


  • Y Xu, G Naselli, E Bandala-Sanchez, Tina Thomas, LC Harrison, and Y Zhang. "Regulation of immune cell function by short chain fatty acids," EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY. 46, 2016: 321–321.

  • Benjamin Babst, Han-Yi Chen, Hong-Qiang Wang, Raja Payyavula, Tina Thomas, Scott Harding, and Chung-Jui Tsai. "Stress-responsive hydroxycinnamate glycosyltransferase modulates phenylpropanoid metabolism in Populus," Journal of experimental botany 65, no. 15 (2014): 4191–4200.

  • Thach-Mien Nguyen, SeChin Chang, Brian Condon, Tina Thomas, and Parastoo Azadi. "Thermal decomposition reactions of cotton fabric treated with piperazine-phosphonates derivatives as a flame retardant," Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 110, (2014): 122–129.

  • Roberto Sonon, Mayumi Ishihara, Zhirui Wang, Christian Heiss, Ian Black, Tina Thomas, Radnaa Naran, Stephanie Archer-Hartman, and Parastoo Azadi. "Analytical Services and Trainings at the Complex Carbohydrates Research Center," GLYCOBIOLOGY. 23, no. 11 2013: 1350–1350.

  • Irina Kataeva, Marcus Foston, Sung-Jae Yang, Sivakumar Pattathil, Ajaya Biswal, Farris Poole, II, Mirko Basen, Amanda Rhaesa, Tina Thomas, Parastoo Azadi, "Carbohydrate and lignin are simultaneously solubilized from unpretreated switchgrass by microbial action at high temperature," Energy & Environmental Science 6, no. 7 (2013): 2186–2195.

  • Yi Xu, Shivegowda Thammannagowda, Tina Thomas, Parastoo Azadi, Scott Schlarbaum, and Haiying Liang. "LtuCAD1 Is a cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase ortholog involved in lignin biosynthesis in liriodendron tulipifera L., a basal angiosperm timber species," Plant molecular biology reporter 31, no. 5 (2013): 1089–1099.

  • Tina Thomas, David Birney, and Dick Auld. "Optimizing esterification of safflower, cottonseed, castor and used cottonseed oils," Industrial Crops and Products 41, (2013): 102–106.

  • Yi Xu, Chin-Fu Chen, Tina Thomas, Parastoo Azadi, Brett Diehl, Chung-Jui Tsai, Nicole Brown, John Carlson, Ming Tien, and Haiying Liang. "Wood chemistry analysis and expression profiling of a poplar clone expressing a tyrosine-rich peptide," Plant cell reports 32, no. 12 (2013): 1827–1841.

  • Roberto Sonon, Mayumi Ishihara, Zhirui Wang, Christian Heiss, Radnaa Naran, Ian Black, Tina Thomas, Lucas Veillon, Stephanie Archer-Hartmann, and Parastoo Azadi. "Analytical services and trainings at the complex carbohydrates research center," GLYCOBIOLOGY. 22, no. 11 2012: 1614–1614.

  • Tina Thomas, David Birney, and Dick Auld. "Viscosity reduction of castor oil esters by the addition of diesel, safflower oil esters and additives," Industrial Crops and Products 36, no. 1 (2012): 267–270.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Rupesh Kariyat. Chemical ecology of invasive weeds, UTRGV CoS, $25,000.00 (2018-05-01)

  • Rupesh Kariyat. Transforming Our World Strategic Plan , $17,700.00 (2018-01-01)



Selected Presentations


  • Tina Thomas. "“Thermal Decomposition of Cotton by Pyrolysis”," BSRI Annual Retreat, University of Georgia, University of Georgia (May 2013)

  • Tina Thomas. "Comparison of Lignin and Carbohydrate Analysis Using Pyrolysis- Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry, Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy and Wet Chemistry," Sun Grant National Conference, Sun Grant, New Orleans, LA (October 2012)

  • Tina Thomas. "New Service-Lignin Analysis by pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometer and pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer," Department of Energy (DOE) Site Visit , DOE, DOE Center for Plant and Microbial Complex Carbohydrates, UGA (September 2012)

  • Tina Thomas. "Lignin Analysis Using Pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry (py-MBMS) and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (py-GCMS)," DOE Site visit, DOE, UGA (September 2012)

  • Tina Thomas. "Analytical services and trainings for structural characterization of glycoconjugates," 34rd Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, (May 2012)

  • Tina Thomas. "Lignin Analysis Using Pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry (py-MBMS) and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (py-GCMS)," BSRI Annual Retreat, University of Georgia, (April 2012)

  • Tina Thomas. "Analytical services and trainings for structural characterization of glycoconjugates," 33rd Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, (May 2011)

  • Tina Thomas. "Optimizing Esterification and Viscosity of Safflower, Cottonseed, Castor and Used Vegetable Oils," Cotton Beltwide Meeting, Atlanta, GA (January 2011)

  • Tina Thomas. "Biofuels from Castor oil," 100th AOCS Meeting, Orlando, Florida (May 2009)

  • Tina Thomas. "Effect of Viroid on Resistance to Phytophthora Infection in Citrus," 17th IOCV Conference, Adana, Turkey (October 2007)

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CHEM 1312 01P - General Chemistry II:
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CHEM 3401 A - Environmental Chemistry:
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CHEM 1309 01P - Chemistry for Engineers:
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CHEM 1309 01P - Chemistry for Engineers:
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CHEM 1311 11P - General Chemistry I:
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CHEM 1311 11P - General Chemistry I:
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CHEM 1309 03 - Chemistry for Engineers:
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CHEM 1309 02P - Chemistry for Engineers:
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