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Texas A&M Biology’s Asha Rao Earns Presidential Professor Award

Dr. Asha Rao Earns Presidential Professor Award

Dr. Asha Rao, an instructional assistant professor of biology, has been recognized with the 2020 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious faculty honor bestowed by Texas A&M University in recognition of classroom performance. Please take a moment to read the TAMU Science Article, and be sure to congratulate Dr. Rao!

SPRC 2020

Student Postdoc Research Conference 2020

The 2019 Student-Postdoc Research Conference will be held on September 12th, 2020. It will be held completely virtually via Zoom. There will be two Talk Dessions, a DataBlitz Session, and two Poster Sessions, followed by a Keynote Address by Dr. Erin Goley and an Awards Presentation.

The mystery of the missing portrait of Robert Hooke, 17th-century scientist extraordinaire

The mystery of the missing portrait of Robert Hooke, 17th-century scientist extraordinaire

It’s incredibly strange that there is no contemporary portrait of renowned scientist Robert Hooke, who discovered the cell. A little detective work points to Isaac Newton as likely involved in the disappearance of a portrait honoring Hooke. After all, the two did have a quarrelsome history… Be sure to checkout the latest from Dr. Larry Griffing in the article by The Conversation!


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.


Our Graduate Program in Biology offers a diverse range of integrative training opportunities for students seeking a Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences. We offer training in multiple disciplines within Biology, including Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Neurobiology and Behavior, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Biological Clocks, and Physiology and Systems Biology.

All students in our program receive rigorous academic training in biology and carry out their research in competitive, state-of-the-art research labs. Many faculty research programs span multiple research areas and levels of biological organization, creating a dynamic training environment for graduate students. Our graduate students conduct creative, independent research and scholarship. Graduates of our programs prepare themselves for a wide range of career opportunities and gain positions in academic institutions, government agencies, and industry.

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The Department of Biology is responsible for introducing biological principles to students in every Texas A&M University major. We provide modern and comprehensive B.S. and B.A. curricula in Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, and Zoology for more than 1500 undergraduate biology majors. These degrees prepare students for various life science careers and are an excellent entrée to the health care professions. If you are interested in pursuing a major in one of our disciplines, or if you are currently a student and would like information on courses or the program, we have excellent undergraduate advisors who will be happy to help you.

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