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Freeman, PhD

Executive Director


Pronouns: he/him/his

If excellence is possible, then good is not enough.

Thomas Freeman was born in Washington, DC. After moving to Durham, NC, he graduated from Hillside High School. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana in 2003, where he worked with Dr. Tarun Mandal in the College of Pharmacy to develop novel biodegradable nanoscale drug delivery systems. Subsequently, he earned his Ph.D. at Tulane University in Biochemistry, in 2010, where he worked with Dr. Bill Wimley to use bioinformatics to predict, and biophysical approaches to characterize, transmembrane proteins in Gram-negative bacteria.

Thomas did his postdoctoral training at UNC as a SPIRE, Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education, Scholar working with Leslie Parise in Biochemistry and Biophysics to characterize protein-protein interactions of a bizarre little calcium-binding protein called CIB1, calcium-and-integrin binding protein 1. He also spent a year teaching biochemistry at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC during this time. Dr. Freeman joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at UNC in 2014 as a STEM Teaching Assistant Professor. In 2017, the College of Arts and Sciences selected him to serve as the Executive Director of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars.