- Guggenheim Fellow (1980)
Thomas Blumenthal is currently director emeritus at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at Anschutz Medical Campus and professor emeritus of molecular, cellular and developmental biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Antioch College in Yellows Springs, Ohio, in 1966. He did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University while also being a National Science Foundation Fellow. His thesis on bacteriophage genetics secured his Ph.D. in genetics from Johns Hopkins University in 1970. He was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Professor James Watson (1962 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine) before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at IU Bloomington in 1973. Before he departed IU in 1996, Blumenthal became a full professor and chairman of biological sciences.
Throughout his career, Blumenthal has served on numerous editorial boards, advisory boards, boards of directors, and society boards and published over 100 papers and one book on genetics and molecular biology. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in molecular and cellular biology in 1980. During his sabbatical at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England, he worked with Professor Sydney Brenner (2002 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine). He was elected to the membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.