Vinoy Thomas

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Vinoy Thomas is an assistant professor, researcher and director of graduate programs for the UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the UAB Department of Environmental Science & Health. He conducts research through his own Polymers & Healthcare Materials/Devices Lab at the UAB Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration.

Thomas graduated from Mar Thoma Higher Secondary School in Valakom, Kerala, in southern India. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in analytical chemistry at the University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram; and a PhD in 2002 from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences & Technology in the same city. He completed post-doctoral training at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany in 2004; a post-doctoral research scholarship at UAB in 2005, and a fellowship at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2007.

Thomas returned to UAB in 2007 as a visiting scholar and research associate in the UAB Department of Physics. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2012. His research focuses on the processing of biomaterials and nanomaterials for tissue engineering and medical procedures. His multi-disciplinary research group includes graduate students and undergraduate students, as well as advanced high school students. In 2021 he was awarded a grant from the Alabama Research and Development Fund to pursue biological trials of small-diameter vascular grafts.

Thomas served on the coordinating committee for the 2015 NanoBio Summit Alabama. He and his wife, Bini Vinoy live in Hoover with their two daughters.


  • Patchen, Tyler (April 9, 2021) "Two UAB professors receive $1.3 million for potentially transformative projects." Birmingham Business Journal

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