Katie L. Thomas

Associate Professor of Chemistry


B.S., Creighton University
Ph.D., Colorado State University


Katie Thomas has been at Ohio Wesleyan University since 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under Louis D. Hegedus at Colorado State University and attended Creighton University for her undergraduate studies. She teaches General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and has taught courses in Organometallic Chemistry and the Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs.

Current research in the Thomas laboratory has been focused on medicinal chemistry, specifically looking at bridging microbiology and organic chemistry to find new antibiotics. Dr. Thomas is the Chair for the Department of Chemistry and the Pre-Pharmacy Advisor.

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Organometallics

Selected Publications

  • Linsen Li, Antony Okumu, Sheri Nolan, Anthony English, Sandip Vibhute, Yanran Lu, Katherine Hervert-Thomas, Justin Seffernick, Lovett Azap, Serena Cole, D. Shinabarger, Laura Koeth, Steffen Lindert, Jack Yalowich, Daniel J. Wozniak, Mark Mitton-Fry “1,3-Dioxane-Linked Bacterial Topoisomerase Inhibitors With Enhanced Antibacterial Activity And Reduced hERG Inhibition” ACS Infect. Dis., 2019, 5, 1115-1128. (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsinfecdis.8b00375)
  • Joseph M. Bowler, Katherine L. Hervert, Mark L. Kearley, Brian G., Miller “Small-Molecule Allosteric Activation Of Human Glucokinase In The Absence Of Glucose” ACS Med. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4, 580-584. (https://doi.org/10.1021/ml400061x)
  • L. S. Hegedus, Katherine L. Hervert, Satoshi. Matsui “Asymmetric Synthesis Of 4`-Ethoxy-2`, 3`-Dideoxynucleosides By Palladium-Catalyzed Kinetic Discrimination Between The Corresponding Diastereoisomeric Lactol Acetates” J. Org. Chem., 2002, 67, 3788-3795. (https://doi.org/10.1021/jo011074b)

Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 362
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3526
E klthomas@owu.edu