Tomas Vasquez

Technical Advisor
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 8213
Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 8213
Tomas Vasquez

Tomas Vasquez

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Biography

Tomas has more than 10 years of experience working as a chemist and comes to the Houston office after working at the University of Houston as a research assistant. His primary responsibilities there included designing and synthesizing a library of broad-spectrum West Nile/Dengue virus NS3 protease inhibitors.

Tomas speaks fluent Spanish and has worked in environmental, analytical, synthetic organic and oilfield polymer labs. Owing to his diverse work experience, he has experience with a variety of chemistry hardware and instrumentation, including  NMR, HPLC, LC/MS, GC/MS, oilfield drilling fluid rheometer, Kjeldahl digestion, Lachat flow injection analysis, and Biotage microwave and flash purification equipment.

Before working at the University of Houston, Tomas was a research assistant at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. There, he investigated the total synthesis of the kappa opioid receptor agonist Salvinorin A and developed a substrate for the synthesis of novel C12-modified Salvinorin analogs.

Tomas has also worked as a research assistant at Texas A&M University Kingsville, an environmental chemist at the South Texas Environmental Institute and an oilfield polymer chemist at Economy Polymers and Chemicals.


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PhD, Pharmacology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 2012
MS, Chemistry, Texas A&M Kingsville, 2004
BS, Chemistry, Texas A&M Kingsville, 2001

  • Co-Author, "Surfactant-mediated solvent-free dealkylative cleavage of ethers and esters and trans-alkylation under neutral conditions," Tetrahedron Letters 2006, 47, 565-567.
  • Co-Author, "Pseudoenzymatic catalyst-substrate interactions in ion-pair mediated chiral phase transfer catalysis," Tetrahedron Letters 2006, 47, 5581-5583.