Tom hails from Indianapolis, IN and received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. During his time as an undergraduate, his primary research was focused on polymeric thin film membranes for water filtration using size exclusion chromatography. Tom received his PhD in the Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt and was co-mentored by Dr. Cassat. His project focused on novel delivery strategies to combat bone-dwelling biofilm infections. Tom now works as a research engineer at a small materials company that focuses on the development of innovative materials that eliminate microbes from high-touch surfaces. He works with a team of engineers, physicists, and chemists to improve, implement, and develop light-activated nano-engineered products.