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TAMU Biology Introduces New National Academies Education Fellows

The Department of Biology is proud to introduce two new National Academies Education Fellows on their faculty. Drs. Andy Tag and Asha Rao recently earned this distinction based on their participation in the 2018 Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching, which is co-sponsored by the National Academies and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This program is designed to empower instructors to transform their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses by teaching instructors how to best educate and engage their students using effective, inclusive teaching practices backed by evidence-based techniques.

     Dr. Asha Rao            […]

2018-09-21T16:14:49+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: News|

Undergraduate Spotlight: Ashley Hayden

This Undergraduate Spotlight features Ashley Hayden, Class of ’19, a Biology Honor’s Undergraduate Researcher in the Merlin Lab. Ashley is a biology major set to graduate in May of 2019, and has double minors in bioinformatics and psychology. She works in the Merlin lab on an independent project with genetic mutant knockout Monarch Butterflies. Ashley was recently selected to receive a coveted scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, one of only nine students from the College of Science since the inception of the award in 1986. Learn more about the awardship here. […]

2018-09-10T15:14:16+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Michael Werry

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight features Michael Werry. A member of the Matt Sachs Lab here at TAMU Biology, Michael studies the transcriptional regulation of light-responsive transcription factors in Neurospora crassa.

I am originally from Canton, Ohio and went to Plain Local Schools for high school. I always had an interest in the biological sciences, and so went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for my undergraduate degree in biology. While a senior there, I was given the opportunity to do some research with one of our senior professors. The project I helped with was […]

2018-08-28T12:56:46+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , , , |

TAMU Biology implements Open-Source textbooks

Switch to OpenStax

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.

Tuesday, May 29th marked the first class to use this free textbook source, and today Bruce Neville (Instructional Associate Professor and Science & Engineering Librarian) presented TAMU Biology Associate Professor James Erickson with an honorary certificate to mark the occasion during the first lecture of the course.


2018-08-28T12:58:10+00:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Hina Iftikhar

This Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Hina Iftikhar, a graduate student and Ph.D. candidate in Ginger Carney‘s lab. Hina works on Drosophila behavioral genetics with miRNA knockout mutants, and enjoys mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory and participating in several clubs including BioGSA, A-STEP, and the Pakistani Student’s Association.

I was born in Lahore, a city located in the north-eastern part of Pakistan. Growing up, I was lucky to have been taught by some very enthusiastic science teachers that got me interested in biology. When I was in high school I got selected for a space settlement design competition […]

2018-07-24T09:33:18+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: CarneyLab, Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Graduate Student Spotlight: Yunzi Gou

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Yunzi Gou. Yunzi is a graduate student in the Riley Lab, studying the development of neurons of the stato-acoustic ganglion (SAG) in zebrafish.

I was born in Xi’an, a city famous for its rich culture and history, located in central China. My family later moved to Beijing, the capital of China, when I was in elementary school. I loved animals growing up and I had many different pets even though we were living in a big city. My interest in biology was rooted in my deep respect for my […]

2018-06-01T09:29:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|Tags: , |

Biology Graduation Reception 2018

Graduation Reception & State of the Department Address

Thursday, May 10th was the 2018 Department of Biology Graduation Reception and State of the Department Address.

TAMU Biology had a total of 139 Graduates of a Bachelor’s Degree, 2 of a Master’s Degree, and 2 of a Ph.D. Congratulations everyone!

At the Reception there were many recognitions for the students, faculty, and staff of the department.

The Graduates

Students graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology

Students graduating with a 4.0 GPA –Spencer Barrett, Alexandra De Jong, Diego Regaldo

Students graduating with […]

2018-05-17T10:27:57+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: News|

Graduate Student Spotlight: Sabyasachi Mandal

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight is Sabyasachi Mandal, a Graduate Student in Dr. Tom McKnight‘s laboratory on TAMU’s campus. Sachi is a motivated botanist, looking at transcriptomics of acylsugar biosynthetic pathways in wild tomato plants. Read on to learn more about Sachi and his advice and experience here in the Biology Department.

I am from a town called Sagardighi in the state of West Bengal, which is in the eastern part of India. Sagardighi is a very small town with a lot of big-hearted people. I was raised by my parents with love, care, and […]

2018-05-01T14:55:18+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Graduate Student Spotlight|