COVID-19 Newsletter

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Mary Catherine C Clark

Mary-Catherine C. Clark 2020 Recipient of Gates-Muller Award

Mary-Catherine C. Clark, who graduated with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from TAMU Biology in May of 2020, has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Robert Gates-Muller Family Outstanding Student Award. The Muller-Gates Award was established in 2007 through a gift from the Muller family to provide public recognition to an outstanding senior graduating from Texas A&M who has demonstrated qualities of leadership, patriotism, courage and service to country, school and nation. Congratulations to Mary-Catherine Clark!

Dr. Paul Hardin

Dr. Paul Hardin recognized as 2020 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Paul Hardin has been recognized as a 2020 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), honored by his peers with the prestigious distinction this year for distinguished contributions to the field of biological rhythms, particularly for discovering molecular feedback loops that govern circadian timekeeping in all eukaryotes. Please take a moment to congratulate Dr. Hardin and read about the fellowship in the TAMU Science Article!

Dr. Christine Merlin Named 2020 Presidential Impact Fellow

Dr. Christine Merlin Named 2020 Presidential Impact Fellow

Dr. Christine Merlin, an Associate Professor in Department of Biology, has been honored among the 2020 Presidential Impact Fellows. The award was initiated by President Michael K. Young to recognize rising stars in their respective fields, and who embody the university’s commitment to advancing knowledge through transformational learning, discovery, innovation and impact for Texas and the world.  Please take a moment to read the TAMU Science Article, and be sure to congratulate Dr. Merlin!


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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