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TAMU Biology implements Open-Source textbooks

TAMU Biology and TAMU Libraries have teamed up to give some much needed relief for introductory biology students needing to buy textbooks. By working with OpenStax, open-sourced material is now being used for introductory texts, saving our students $600,000 a year in textbook costs.

Read more via Shana Hutchins, TAMU College of Science.

Featured photo credited to Texas A&M Today article, Shana Hutchins

2018-02-02T14:18:18+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Patrick Suess

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Patrick Suess. A student in the Gomer Lab, Patrick studies the signalling function of inorganic polyphosphate in the eukaryote Dictyostelium and in human immune cells.

I was born in and grew up in Houston. During freshman year of high school, I really raised eyebrows with some outstanding play for the JV soccer team, however the success bred arrogance, and ultimately led to an underwhelming varsity career.  I did my undergrad in Austin at St. Edward’s University where I graduated with a BS in biology. From there I went on […]

2017-12-11T08:36:02+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|

Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Dulin

This month’s Faculty Spotlight highlights Dr. Jennifer Dulin ’05.  A former Aggie (Biochemistry) and current Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Dulin studies the pathophysiology of spinal cord injuries and potential new therapies to improve the quality of life in people with these types of injuries.

Jennifer Dulin received her B.S. in. Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 2005. She then entered the field of Neuroscience and joined the lab of Dr. Raymond Grill at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for her Ph.D. studies. While in the Grill lab, […]

2017-12-04T15:50:19+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Fall Marine Biology Study Trip

The Department of Biology holds a Marine Biology course each Fall (BIOL 440), where student get hands-on experience studying marine organisms in the field studying with their Professor, Dr. Mary Wicksten. The year’s crew of students went aboard the R/V Earl Milan to do trawls and tows to study the fish and other organisms in Galveston Bay. The boat trip is only one part of the field trip taken each year, and is often the student’s favorite event of the semester. Pictured below is the class of Fall 2017.

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2018-01-15T18:47:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kathleen McAllister

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kathleen McAllister! A Biology student in the Sorg Lab, Kathleen studies C. difficile and helped develop the CRISPR-Cas9 modification system in order to study this fascinating organism.

I’m from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, specifically from St. Martin which is a small community on the Gulf Coast. I’ve always been eager to learn, starting when I was little playing “school” with my sister and her friends. I’ve also always had a passion to help people. My life goal was to be able to do both. I earned my bachelor’s in Biomedical […]

2017-11-15T09:14:24+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Ananya Dasgupta

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Ananya Dasgupta.  A graduate student in the Sachs lab, Ananya studies how nonsense mediated mRNA decay pathways help cells remove aberrant transcripts to stay healthy.

 

Nomoshkar! That is how we greet back home in Kolkata. It is a culturally diverse, highly populated and a city adorned with historical heritage in the eastern part of India. I have completed my schooling through my Master’s in my hometown. Being in Microbiology Honors for my bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Calcutta, a centenarian, I had enough exposure to the world […]

2017-10-27T12:01:50+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Faculty Spotlight: Heath Blackmon

This month’s Faculty Spotlight highlights Dr. Heath Blackmon.  An Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, Dr. Blackmon uses beetles to study evolutionary biology, particularly genome evolution.

Heath Blackmon received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University in 2010.  He then began work on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Arlington where he studied genome evolution in invertebrates.  While at UT Arlington he built a database of invertebrate karyotypes containing over 15,000 species.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and moved to the University of Minnesota.  In Minnesota Heath collaborated with […]

2017-10-11T10:44:14+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Spotlight|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Beagle

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Sarah Beagle. A Biology Graduate student in the Lockless Lab, and an avid Kansas fan, Sarah studies K+ channels in the bacteria E. coli.

I’m from Auburn, Kansas-a small town just outside of Topeka. As a kid, I really loved animals of all kinds, and I had these extremely elaborate plans to try to convince my parents to let me bring home a wildly diverse set of animals as pets. I pitched them everything from a horse to a Komodo dragon as a pet. Those plans were surprisingly unsuccessful, but […]

2017-11-14T17:06:42+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Kushan Gunawardhana

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Kushan Gunawardhana.  A graduate student in Dr. Paul Hardin’s lab, Kushan generated the first adult mutants of a vrille lethal gene mutant in Drosophila, and works in the Biological Clocks field for his research.

I grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka (the tiny pearl of the Indian Ocean). My high school days was where I developed a strong interest towards biology and from there on continued to pursue a career in it. I have a BS in Bioinformatics from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, during which I worked with Arabidopsis […]

2017-09-28T08:46:34+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

SPRC 2017

The Biology Department hosted the annual Student & Postdoc Research Conference, or SPRC, on September 23rd, 2017. Students and Postdoc’s had the opportunity to present their research with Posters, DataBlitzes, and 8 selected Talks for their colleagues.

 

The first Talks session began with the first 4 speakers, with MC Jennifer Jung.

Marko Baloh, “Determining the role of the spoVAD and spoVAE genes in DPA release during Clostridium difficile spore germination.”

Sarah Beagle, “A physiological role for the kch K+ channel in E. coli.”

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2017-09-26T10:01:56+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: News|