Graduate Education in Biology
Our Graduate Program in Biology offers a diverse range of integrative training opportunities for students seeking a Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences. We offer training in multiple disciplines within Biology, including Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Neurobiology and Behavior, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Biological Clocks, and Physiology and Systems Biology.
All students in our program receive rigorous academic training in biology and carry out their research in competitive, state-of-the-art research labs. Many faculty research programs span multiple research areas and levels of biological organization, creating a dynamic training environment for graduate students. Evolutionary theory sets the stage for many cross-disciplinary research collaborations among our diverse faculty. Our graduate students conduct creative, independent research and scholarship. Graduates of our programs prepare themselves for a wide range of career opportunities and gain positions in academic institutions, government agencies, and industry.
Undergraduate Education in Biology
The Department of Biology is responsible for introducing biological principles to students in every Texas A&M University major. We provide modern and comprehensive B.S. and B.A. curricula in Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology and Zoology for more than 1500 undergraduate biology majors. These degrees prepare students for various life science careers and are an excellent entrée to the health care professions. If you are interested in pursuing a major in one of our disciplines, or if you are currently a student and would like information on courses or the program, we have excellent undergraduate advisors who will be happy to help you.
The Biology Lower Division Instruction Programs encompass a series of lab courses offered in the biological sciences. Many of these courses are open to students in any major to cover their science requirements.
Basic biological research has evolved into a broad, fast-paced and dynamic profession that drives newly emerging industries and actively shapes many human endeavors. Both globally and locally, cutting-edge research at Texas A&M University strives to understand the fundamental processes driving life around us and to improve the ways people everywhere manage their health and the health of our planet.
The Department of Biology’s outreach committee is responsible for developing and maintaining outreach projects, such as STEM events at local schools, in the Bryan-College Station area. Over the last year, the outreach committee has created a sustainable program by meeting with schools in the area to assess need, obtaining resources for experiments, and collaborating with other departments. We have participated in over 6 STEM nights at schools in College Station and Navasota. We have also had volunteers participate at several outreach events for organizations such as, Women in Science and Engineering with the Expanding Your Horizons events as well as the Texas Junior Academy of Science, The Big Event, Chemistry Open House, The TAMU Ecological Integration Symposium, Physicsfest, BioBlitz and judge at local science fairs.
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|Bruce Riley (chair)||9/01/2016 – 8/31/2019|
|Rodolfo Aramayo||9/01/2015 – 8/31/2018|
|Heath Blackmon||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Beiyan Nan||9/01/2016 – 8/31/2019|
|Jim Smith||9/01/2015 – 8/31/2018|
|Joe Sorg||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Ananya Dasgupta||student rep|
|Arne Lekven||ex officio|
|Jim Erickson (chair)||9/01/2015 – 8/31/2018|
|Hongmin Qin||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Michael Smotherman||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Joseph Sorg||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Matt Sachs||9/01/2016 – 8/31/2019|
|Jennifer Bradford||program coordinator|
|Alex Trott||student rep|
|Rene Garcia||ex officio|
|Kathy Ryan (chair)|
|Karl Aufderheide||9/16/2016 – 8/31/2019|
|Andy Tag||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Lathi Taylor||9/01/2017 – 8/31/2020|
|Christine Farris||director of UPO|
|Wanyne Versaw||ex officio|
|Will Bailey||Arne Lekven|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen||Tom McKnight|
|Jennifer Bradford||Bruce Riley|
|Rene Garcia||Gil Rosenthal|
|Richard Gomer||Wayne Versaw|
|Lieu Jean||Mark Zoran|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen (chair)|
|Gil Rosenthal||1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018|
|Mark Zoran||1/1/2017 – 12/31/2020|
|Rene Garcia||1/1/2017 – 12/31/2020|
|Xiaorong Lin||1/1/2017 – 12/31/2020|
|Mary Wicksten||1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017|
|Bruce Riley||Barbara Earnest|
|Richard Jones||Mike Smotherman|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen||Lieu Jean|
|Rene Garcia||Alan Pepper|
|Richard Gomer||Bruce Riley|
|David Reed (chair)||Matt Sachs|
|Rodolfo Aramayo||Debby Siegele|
|Tom McKnight (chair)||Alan Pepper|
|Dan Ebbole||Frank Raushel|
|Alan Pepper (chair)|
|Rita Moyes (chair)|
|Richard Gomer (chair)||Bruce Riley|
|Rene Garcia||Gil Rosenthal|
|Xiaorong Lin||Joe Sorg|
|Debby Siegele (chair)||Xiaorong Lin|
|John Book||David Reed|
|Jennifer Bradford||Gil Rosenthal|
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Joint Appointment Statement
Department of Biology’s policies on joint appointments.
Temporary and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Department of Biology’s policies concerning the appointment of non-tenure-track faculty holding the titles of Laboratory Instructor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Visiting Faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor).
Tenured and Tenure-Track Hiring
Department of Biology’s policy on hiring Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty.
Tenure and Promotion
Department of Biology’s policies concerning the tenure and promotion of faculty holding the titles of Assistant, Associate, Full and Distinguished Professor.
Guidelines for Parental Leave
College of Science guidelines for parental leave for the birth or adoption of a new child.
Guidelines for annual performance evaluations.
Outside Employment Requests
Applicable to both faculty and staff, this links to the university’s policies and required forms.
Texas A&M’s searchable listing of rules and regulations. Should be reviewed in conjunction with the System Rules (see below).
Texas A&M University System Policies and Bylaws
Contains the system’s policies and regulations.
White Paper Policy
Equitable teaching loads and shared faculty governance.
Policies for dealing with the scholastic deficiency of a graduate student.
Graduate Program Committee Duties
The policies and responsibilities of the Graduate Programs Committee.
Undergraduate Programs Committee Duties
The policies and responsibilities of the Undergraduate Programs Committee.
PhD/Postdoc Position in Schartl Laboratory
In the framework of a German/French collaborative project we are seeking for highly motivated PhD students or postdocs to study the role of transposable elements in normal and pathological development. We use small aquarium fish models for our research and selected pigment cell development and melanomatous cancer as well as gonad development and sex reversal as our target. Transposable elements (TEs) are a major constituent of all eukaryotic genomes. In humans, they make up at least 45% of the DNA in our cells. Because they are repeated, mobile and carry regulatory sequences, TEs have the potential to rewire regulatory networks and promote their fast evolution. TEs are able to insert into new locations and to recombine in genomes, leading to rearrangements and sometimes to mutant phenotypes, including genetic diseases in humans. In addition, they play a major role in the evolution of host gene functions through their recruitment as new exons or even new genes, a phenomenon called “molecular domestication”. TEs can also contribute regulatory RNAs and new regulatory sequences to host genes, thereby modifying their expression. Our study will use on the one hand bioinformatic analyses of next generation data and on the other hand functional experiments including cell culture studies and the generation of transgenic and CRISPR/Cas9 knock-out fish.
Successful applicants should have an excellent degree in Biology, Molecular Medicine or Biochemistry and broad experience in common laboratory techniques and/or bioinformatics. Fluent English or German is essential. We offer a well-equipped working environment in a lively international research team (http://www.pch1.biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de/).
Please, submit your application including contact details for two references to:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Schartl
Department of Physiological Chemistry
Biozentrum, Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg, Germany
Post-doctoral Position in Hardin Laboratory: Circadian timekeeping and output mechanisms
The Hardin lab (http://www.bio.tamu.edu/index.php/faculty/hardin/lab/) seeks a post-doctoral fellow to study novel transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational regulatory mechanisms required to keep circadian time and/or drive locomotor activity rhythms using Drosophila as a model system. These studies will employ advanced biochemical, cell imaging, genomics and computational tools to define the roles two key clock genes, clockwork orange (cwo) and vrille (vri), play in regulating rhythmic gene expression. Candidates with the desire to develop projects for future independent research positions are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong track record of graduate training and experience in the molecular genetic analysis of circadian clocks, biochemical and genomic analysis of gene expression, Drosophila neurogenetics, tissue and subcellular imaging of protein localization and/or behavioral analysis. Qualified candidates will have a PhD in a related field, be expected to work both independently and as part of an interactive team, and should have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Applicants should send (1) their CV with bibliography, (2) a cover letter with a statement of research interests and career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to Dr. Paul Hardin via email: email@example.com