Ruby Thomas

Ruby S. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P 

Assistant Professor

Community Health & Preventive Medicine

Location: National Center for Primary Care 324-C
Phone: 404-756-6670


Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics 

Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency: Preventive Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine
Master of Public Health

Xavier University of Louisiana
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Research Interests

  • Nutrition
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Agriculture and Urban Gardening

Clinical Interests

  • Childhood obesity
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Health Coaching

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics 


Eisele NA, Ruby T, Jacobson A, Manzanillo PS, Cox JS, Lam L, Mukundan L, Chawla A, Monack DM. Salmonella require the fatty acid regulator PPARδ for the establishment of a metabolic environment essential for long-term persistence. Cell Host Microbe. 2013 Aug 14;14(2):171-82. doi:10.1016/j.chom.2013.07.010. PMID: 23954156

Broz P, Ruby T, Belhocine K, Bouley DM, Kayagaki N, Dixit VM, Monack DM. Caspase-11 increases susceptibility to Salmonella infection in the absence of caspase-1. Nature. 2012 Oct 11;490(7419):288-91. doi: 10.1038/nature11419. Epub 2012 Aug 15. PMID: 22895188

Ruby T, McLaughlin L, Gopinath S, Monack D. Salmonella's long-term relationship with its host. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2012 May;36(3):600-15. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6976.2012.00332.x. Epub 2012 Mar 9. Review. PMID: 22335190

Ruby T, Monack DM. At home with hostility: How do pathogenic bacteria evade mammalian immune surveillance to establish persistent infection? F1000 Biol Rep. 2011 Jan 14;3:1. doi: 10.3410/B3-1. PMID: 21399762

Henry T, Kirimanjeswara GS, Ruby T, Jones JW, Peng K, Perret M, Ho L, Sauer JD, Iwakura Y, Metzger DW, Monack DM. J Immunol. Type I IFN signaling constrains IL-17A/F secretion by gammadelta T cells during bacterial infections. 2010 Apr 1;184(7):3755-67. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0902065. Epub 2010 Feb 22. PMID: 20176744

Ahanda ML, Ruby T, Wittzell H, Bed'Hom B, Chaussé AM, Morin V, Oudin A, Chevalier C, Young JR, Zoorob R. Non-coding RNAs revealed during identification of genes involved in chicken immune responses. Immunogenetics. 2009 Jan;61(1):55-70. doi: 10.1007/s00251-008-0337-8. Epub 2008 Nov 14. PMID: 19009289

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Honors and Awards

2012: NIH NMA Fellows in Academic Medicine Travel Scholarship National Medical Association