Aeisha Thomas

Associate Professor of Biology/Life Science

Department: Math and Science

What are the main classes you teach at Crown?

Introductory Biology, upper level Biology classes (Cell/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) and Human Anatomy and Physiology

Degrees & Institutions you received them from:

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2004) Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1998) Combined B. A./M. A. in Biology

Published works or other accolades?

Robb A, Wessling-Resnick M. "Regulation of transferrin receptor 2 protein levels by transferrin." Blood 104(13):4294-9. (2004)

Robb AD, Ericsson M, Wessling-Resnick M. "Transferrin Receptor-2 Mediates A Biphasic Pattern Of Transferrin Uptake Associated With Ligand Delivery To Multivesicular Bodies." American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology 287(6):C1769-75. (2004)

Bize, I., Guvenc, B., Robb, A., Buchbinder, G., & C. Brugnara. "Serine/threonine protein phosphatases and regulation of K-Cl cotransport in human erythrocytes." American Journal of Physiology 277: C926-36. (1999)

Before Crown, what did you do?

I taught for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor right after graduate school. I then returned to the lab and did post-doctoral research on sickle cell disease and realized I really missed students. I returned to the classroom as a Visiting Assistant Professor for a second time for a year and then came to Crown.

Your Testimony?

I became a Christian as a young girl and continue to try to follow the Lord now as an adult.

Favorite Bible verse and why?

I have many….so some are.

Isaiah 30 vs. 15. The verse has been a source of encouragement for many years. I especially remember it being so when I was leaving home to go off to college.

Psalm 139 vs. 8 has been a constant reminder that the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. I have held on to this one since I never quite figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up.

And the last one I’ll mention is Philippians 2:12-13 which reminds me that although I have a responsibility to live for the Lord but that He enables me to do it.

Hobbies, Interests, Affiliations?

I like to read quite a bit. I have recently developed an interest in gardening….mostly container gardening since I live in an apartment. I like learning in general. So I guess being a teacher is a good fit for me.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Crown?

The students’ desire for God and to please Him is probably the most pleasing aspect. They are really concerned about following Him. I look forward to seeing how the Lord will work His purpose out in their lives.

What differentiates your program from similar offerings at other colleges?

I think students will definitely get individual attention. We are able to get to know students and thus encourage them and support them in their specific interests. We also are able to expose and challenge them with new things as they develop into Biologists.

How do you define “Academic Excellence?”

I think of Academic Excellence more from the perspective of being the best that you can be in academics. So I am impressed when a student works consistently, figures out how to handle challenges, gains a level of depth that ends in the recognition of the limits to understanding, asks their own questions and seeks answers, just generally strives for excellence. This may not be directly relevant, but I think that someone who is academically excellence has a desire to learn for the sake of learning and has become a lifelong learner.

What would your students say about taking your classes?

I think most of them think my classes are hard, but I prefer challenging.

From a career standpoint, what will students be prepared to do with a degree from your program?

They are getting a degree in Biology and thus science related jobs, graduate programs in Biology, graduate programs in health-related fields.