Collaborative Texas A&M Study Ties Kin Selection to Host-Manipulating Behavior in Parasites

Collaborative Texas A&M Study Ties Kin Selection to Host-Manipulating Behavior in Parasites

New research by Texas A&M University biologist Dr. Charles Criscione and collaborators in Canada shows that family ties and traits such as manipulation, sacrifice and selflessness are just as key to survival in parasitic organisms as they are in cognitive species like humans. In essence, when it comes to successful transmission, some parasites get by with a little help from their kin. Learn more about these fascinating parasites and Dr. Criscione’s research!

Dr. Richard Gomer Appointed University Distinguished Professor

Dr. Richard Gomer Appointed as University Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Gomer, who is among the seven Texas A&M University faculty appointed to the rank of University Distinguished Professor! Dr. Gomer is globally renowned as a prolific researcher and pioneering inventor with a strong track record of translating his research findings into societal benefit, learn more about Dr. Gomer and his achievements in the TAMU Science Article.

Texas A&M Biologist Jennifer Dulin Finds Niche in Aggieland, Spinal Cord Injury Research

Texas A&M Biologist Jennifer Dulin Finds Niche in Aggieland, Spinal Cord Injury Research

Don’t miss this TAMU Science article about Dr. Jen Dulin, who has returned to Aggieland years after earning her undergraduate degree here, now as a part of the Faculty in TAMU Biology! Dr. Dulin is using her knowledge of cellular and molecular biology to perfect experimental approaches to repairing and rebuilding the injured spinal cord in her research laboratory. Read more about Dr. Dulin’s research and her life in Aggieland!


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 is responsible for research and teaching within the vast disciplines of the biological sciences, from molecular cell biology to ecology and evolutionary biology. Our faculty perform cutting-edge research in a wide array of biological sciences in the laboratory and in the field.


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