Tom Ronan

Graduate Student

Tom is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular, Cellular and Systems Engineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Tom’s research involves computational modeling and evolutionary analysis of regulatory mechanisms in cell signaling networks. He is currently working on understanding the role that tyrosine phosphorylation plays in controlling protein interactions at the cell membrane. His previous research has involved analysis of gene regulatory networks in worms, protein structural analysis in plants, and transcription factor and miRNA target prediction in several species.

Tom was recruited to the Naegle lab after he was found wandering the streets of St. Louis with a sign “will practice law for science”. Nobody understood what he meant, but as a former lawyer, he was able to talk his way into the graduate program and the Naegle lab. Tom spends his time building elaborate lego displays, renovating his house, making sushi, and snorkeling. In his spare time, he “goes to class” and “does stuff on the computer”.