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.”


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

3rd Annual Department of Biology Kickball Game

The 3rd Annual Department of Biology Kickball game was held on September 1st, 2017 at Tanglewood Park.

The Faculty and Staff team, the “Mighty Chondria” vs the Graduate Student team, the “Chloro Blasts” faced off in the annual competition for bragging rights to the Kickball Championship.

The cookout commenced at 6pm, with Grill masters Will Bailey and Vick Valero serving up burgers and hotdogs.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students mingled and ate before the game.


2017-09-06T12:38:00+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: News|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: , , |

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: , , , |

#ICYMI March News Roundup

Missed some of the stories sweeping social media this past month?  From Graduate Students receiving awards for international research to multiple profiles on both Undergraduate Researchers and Biology Faculty for Student Research Week 2017 and even Staff recognition as leaders of campus sustainability efforts, the Department has certainly been in the spotlight.

Duncan MackenzieMarch 30, 2017 — Dr. Duncan MacKenzie, was featured in a Q&A by the College of Science to help promote Student Research Week 2017.  In addition to talking about his research on endocrinology in commercially important fish species, Dr. MacKenzie […]

2017-03-31T13:41:52+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

#ICYMI February News Roundup

In case you missed it, during this past month members of the Biology Department were awarded a prestigious university-wide service award, discovered a new species of deep sea shrimp, and gained national attention for their research on enzyme synthesis (which can be parlayed into finding a new target for controlling cell division)!

February 28, 2017 — David Reed, senior microcomputer/LAN administrator for the Department of Biology, was recently honored as a 2016-2017 President’s Meritorious Service Award winner.  Presented annually to 25 outstanding staff members across the university, this award is considered Texas A&M’s highest recognition for […]

2017-03-23T15:47:53+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

#ICYMI: January News Roundup

In case you missed it, during this past month members of the Biology Department promoted intradepartmental diversity, were appointed to the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators, and were awarded a $7.5 million NIH grant to pursue new therapeutic and diagnostic concepts for treating a pathogenic microbe responsible for intestinal disease.  

Timothy ScottJanuary 30, 2017 — Dr. Timothy P. Scott ’89, professor of biology and science education and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Science, was selected by the Texas A&M University System as a 2016-2017 […]

2017-02-01T13:23:06+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

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+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|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+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |