Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Biology recognizes that just as diversity in natural populations of organisms contributes to their ability to survive, thrive, and adapt diversity also enriches our community of scholars.  Therefore, we are dedicated to building a culturally broad and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to teaching, working, and learning in an environment that is supportive of all members of our department.  For more information, check out our Diversity statement and resources.

2017-01-12T11:51:16+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

Faculty Spotlight: Christine Merlin

July’s spotlight goes to Christine Merlin who is an Assistant Professor of Biology. She joined Biology in August 2013. Christine’s research focuses on the study of  circadian clocks using the monarch butterfly as the model system.

Christine Merlin received her bachelor’s in Biology, master’s degree in Invertebrate Physiology and Ph.D in Insect Physiology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. From 2007 to 2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, in Steven Reppert’s laboratory, which focuses on the biological basis of monarch butterfly migration. Merlin joined […]

2017-01-12T11:44:18+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

News Roundup: Fall 2016

September 28, 2016: Dr. Mary Wicksten recently participated in a four-day NOAA-sponsored diving cruise to the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

As part of this “Lionfish Invitational,” divers from aquaria, universities, and private groups speared, netted, or otherwise removed as many invasive lionfish as possible.  Additionally, the cruise allowed researchers to monitor a puzzling die-off of sponges and corals near the sea floor of the East Flower Gardens Banks.  In all, the group was able to capture or kill 396 lionfish!

September 2016:  Dr. Tim Scott’s work was featured in the book Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year […]

2017-01-12T11:53:56+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Faculty Spotlight: Beiyan Nan

June’s Faculty spotlight goes to Beiyan Nan who is an Assistant Professor of Biology. He joined Biology in July of 2015. Beiyan’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of fundamental biological processes in bacteria. He is passionate about promoting higher education and creating research opportunities for students.

Beiyan Nan was born in the suburb of Baotou, a city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China. He grew up in a community of coal miners, spending much of his childhood roaming the neighborhoods and countryside with his friends. His parents did not finish their education because Chairman Mao closed […]

2017-01-12T11:21:51+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

Grad Student Spotlight: Parul Agrawal

June’s spotlight goes to Parul Agrawal who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Paul Hardin’s lab. She joined the graduate program in biology at Texas A&M in 2008. Parul’s dissertation focus is to determine how dephosphorylation of core clock proteins impinges on rhythmic transcription within the autoregulatory feedback loop that keeps circadian time in Drosophila melanogaster.

Parul was raised in Mumbai (Bombay), India, a city she finally wants to go back to! While growing up, she was more into arts but realized she liked biology as much during high school. She obtained my bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry […]

2017-01-12T11:04:58+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

News Roundup: Spring 2016

April 2016: Dr. David Earnest of the Neuroscience and Biology departments did an interview on KBTX about how eating saturated fats later in the day can lead to dangerous metabolic disorders.

May 6, 2016: Dr. Gil Rosenthal is quoted in the May 6th article “The Power of Personality” in Science magazine.

April 28, 2016: Graduate Student, Marcus Li, has been featured on the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Research Spotlight.

2017-01-12T11:53:46+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

In Memoriam: Dr. Helmut Sauer


Dr. Helmut W. Sauer passed away on April 25, 2016.  Dr. Sauer was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in 1981 during a time of fundamental academic transition.  He was an internationally known and respected developmental biologist, a thoughtful and wise scholar and a knowledgeable and professional colleague.  His administrative style was quiet, low-key and mature, which was what the Department needed in a turbulent time.  He was known and recognized for his signature pipe and his daily walks around the TAMU campus.

In teaching […]

2017-01-12T10:47:14+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

In Memoriam: Timothy C. Hall, 1937-2016

Dr. Timothy C. Hall, Senior Distinguished Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas A&M Institute of Developmental and Molecular Biology, passed away on Tuesday, February 23 after having suffered a heart attack on the morning of Sunday, February 21. He was 78.

The memorial service for the eminent biologist was held on Saturday, April 2nd in Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE) room 115. Dr. Hall was a pioneer of plant molecular biology, plant transformation, and related biotechnology who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1984 as a distinguished professor of biology and head of the Department […]

2017-08-08T10:37:32+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

News Roundup: 2009-2015

Department news archives covering 2009 – 2015.

July 29, 2015Two Texas A&M Science Seniors Recognized as Astronaut Scholars

July 8, 2015Battle scars: SAP and CRP

June 24, 2015 – Kirstin Maulding, an undergraduate working in the lab of Dr. Bruce Riley, has won this year’s competition at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The ASF seeks to encourage the best undergraduate researchers in the United States to pursue careers in research in STEM fields.

June 22, 2015 – Dr. Michael J. Benedik, dean of faculties and associate provost and professor of biology and genetics, has accepted the […]

2017-01-12T11:54:14+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |