Thomas James Tolbert

School of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories
Room 201C
University of Kansas
2095 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047


Associate Professor Thomas Tolbert earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute.

Research Interests

  • Antibodies
  • Glycobiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Protein chemistry
  • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Enzymatic synthesis
  • Kinetics

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU