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Graduate Student Spotlight: Andrew Seely

Get to know one of our newest PhDs with our spotlight on Dr. Andrew Seely (Manson Lab)!  Having recently defended his dissertation – “An Analysis of the Tsr-LsrB Interaction during Autoinducer-2 Chemotaxis in Escherichia coli” – Dr. Seely talks about his time in Dept. of Biology before heading to a faculty position at the University of Arkansas – Batesville.

I grew up in Corsicana, Texas, home of Collins Street Bakery and its famous fruitcake.  Corsicana is just south of Dallas but it is far from big city living.  While growing up I played baseball and football all the way through […]

2017-07-20T12:24:20+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Angela Hawkins

Up next in our graduate student spotlight series is Angela Hawkins, a PhD candidate in the Pepper lab studying the molecular mechanisms that allow plants to succeed in harsh environments.  Angela was also one of the inaugural Newton Award winners for her commitment to science outreach!

I am from a small town in south Jersey, less than 10 miles from Philadelphia. I grew up as an only and super shy child and I was always kind of bored when I got home so my mom took me to adopt a cat because she thought […]

2017-07-07T12:49:43+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Faculty Spotlight: Charles Criscione

Roundworms, flukes, and tapeworms…oh my! This month’s Faculty Spotlight shines on Dr. Charles Criscione.  Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Criscione’s research investigates the ways parasite ecology influences the evolutionary mechanisms within parasite populations.

Charles Criscione is from New Orleans where he graduated as valedictorian from Brother Martin High School and was a wrestling state champion. He got a B.S. in Zoology in 1995 from Louisiana State University where he was awarded the University Medal for highest graduating GPA.  He went on to study parasitology at Southeastern Louisiana University where he got […]

2017-07-06T13:48:03+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

Incoming Assistant Professor Profiled by the Genetics Society of America

Incoming Biology (and EEB) faculty member Heath Blackmon was recently featured on the Genetics Society of America’s Genes to Genomes blog.  The spotlight highlights the outreach, leadership and research – using beetles and rodents to study sex chromosomes, structural genome evolution, and quantitative genetics – that Dr. Blackmon will be bringing to College Station this fall.

2017-06-16T10:37:27+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Grace Smarsh

In the spotlight this month is Dr. Grace Smarsh (Smotherman Lab), a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and current Fulbright fellow.  Grace recently defended her dissertation “Behavioral ecology of singing in the heart-nosed bat, Cardioderma cor,” and will continue her postdoctoral studies on bats at Tel Aviv University this fall.

I grew up in western New Jersey near Clinton, a picturesque, somewhat rural part of NJ that is almost equidistant between Philadelphia and New York City. I spent a lot of time playing sports (largely fencing and skiing), participating in environmental or animal-related activities, […]

2017-07-03T12:03:09+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Faculty Spotlight: Steve Lockless

This month’s Faculty Spotlight highlights Dr. Steve Lockless ’97.  A former Aggie (Molecular and Cell Biology) and current Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Lockless uses bacterial tetrameric cation channels as a model to study how biological systems are built to efficiently propagate signals.

Steve Lockless was the first in his family to attend college and received his BS degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Texas A&M in 1997.  He continued on to earn a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas with Dr. Rama Ranganathan, where he first […]

2017-06-09T12:46:58+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

Gomer honored with 2017 Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Award

Biology’s Dr. Richard Gomer was recently recognized by the Texas A&M chapter of the Scientific Research Honor Society Sigma Xi as the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Award. For more information about the award, and Dr. Gomer’s accomplishments in research and teaching, check out the recent profile from the College of Science!

2017-06-06T15:33:47+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

2017 Graduates & Department Spotlight

Prior to the commencement ceremony for the College of Science, the Department of Biology honored a number undergraduate and graduate students, staff members, and faculty for their service to the university and the department.  The Graduating Class of May 2017 included 165 undergraduates and 6 graduate students.

In recognition to their dedication to the department, Lacy Basile (Technical Lab Coordinator for Microbiology) and Anita Luna (Business Services) were presented with Departmental Service Awards.  Dr. Carol Johnson, retiring after 19 years of service to the Department, was also recognized for her excellence during her time spent as a Senior Lecturer, ushering countless numbers […]

2017-05-24T12:48:14+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Janna Schultzhaus

Our current Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Dr. Janna Schultzhaus  (Carney Lab). Fresh from her recent dissertation defense – “Characterizing dietary effects on Drosophila melanogaster reproductive behaviors” – we catch up with her on her time as a PhD student in the Dept. of Biology and what her plans post-graduation.

I grew up in a small town in northeast Iowa near the Mississippi River. My father farms corn, soybeans, and livestock, and my mother is a social worker. I have one younger sister who is a professional French horn player. I went to Grinnell College for my undergraduate degree where I double […]

2017-04-25T14:39:01+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Faculty Spotlight: Joseph Sorg

In the Faculty Spotlight this month is Dr. Joseph Sorg, an Associate Professor whose research focuses on Clostridium difficile physiology and virulence and who was recently awarded a $7.5 million NIH grant (in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy) to understand what predisposes individuals to C. difficile infection.

Joe Sorg received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University before moving to graduate studies in microbiology at The University of Chicago with Dr. Olaf Schneewind.  Subsequently, he trained as an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology at […]

2017-04-25T14:05:45+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |