COVID-19 Newsletter

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Texas A&M Biology’s Maureen Hayden Sets Sights on Helping Planet and People Through Science

TAMU Biology’s Maureen Hayden Sets Sights on Helping Planet and People Through Science

Maureen Hayden is a doctoral Marine Biology student in the Dr. Mary Wicksten lab, and her work involves plastic pollution and tiny crustaceans on the Texas coast. As if those were not challenging enough on their own, Maureen is also legally blind. Be sure to check out the TAMU Science article about Maureen’s passion for both science and leading by example for anyone who’s hesitant to pursue career interests because of a disability. In her own words, “You don’t know how far you can go until you try”.

Andy Tag

Dr. Andy Tag Earns 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching

TAMU Biology’s Dr. Andy Tag is a 2021 Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Association of Former Students. Dr. Tag and two other colleagues in the College of Science at TAMU are being recognized for exhibiting the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M in Teaching. Please take a moment to congratulate Dr. Tag and check out the TAMU Science Article about the award and its recipients!

Dylan McCreedy

Texas A&M Biologist Dylan McCreedy Named Scialog® Fellow

Texas A&M University biologist Dylan McCreedy has been named a Fellow for a new initiative, Scialog: Advancing Bioimaging, in which early-career scientists will take on the challenges involved in enhancing high-resolution imaging of tissues to support basic science and disease treatment. McCreedy is one of 55 Scialog Fellows with wide-ranging expertise who will collaborate across institutional and disciplinary lines to develop the next generation of imaging technologies capable of enhancing our ability to study tissues at cellular or sub-cellular resolution and map biological processes within and throughout organisms. Please take a moment to congratulate Dr. McCreedy and read more about the Fellowship in the TAMU Science Article!


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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