Biology at Texas A&M University

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 research programs prepare scientists for careers in academia, industry and government and enhance our understanding of the central role of biological systems in the global environment. Our undergraduate students gain a firm foundation in modern biological sciences to prepare them for a multitude of careers that depend on a solid understanding of biology.

TEACHING

Graduate Education in Biology

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. Evolutionary theory sets the stage for many cross-disciplinary research collaborations among our diverse faculty. 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.

Undergraduate Education in Biology

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 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.

The Biology Lower Division Instruction  Programs encompass a series of lab courses offered in the biological sciences. Many of these courses are open to students in any major to cover their science requirements.

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RESEARCH

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.

SERVICE

The Department of Biology’s outreach committee is responsible for developing and maintaining outreach projects, such as STEM events at local schools, in the Bryan-College Station area. Over the last few years, the outreach committee has created a sustainable program by meeting with schools in the area to assess need, obtaining resources for experiments, and collaborating with other departments. For more information please visit out Biology Outreach page.

If you would like to join out listserv and get involved with future events, you can sign up by emailing listserv@listserv.tamu.edu, and in the body, you will write SUBSCRIBE biologyoutreach firstname lastname. Or, if you would like to contact us, please email us at Biology_outreach@bio.tamu.edu

COMMITTEES

Elected Committees

Name Dates
Deb Bell-Pedersen ex officio
Bruce Riley 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Gil Rosenthal 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Debby Siegele 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Jim Smith 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Mike Smotherman 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Andy Tag 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Mary Wicksten 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Name Dates
Rodolfo Aramayo 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Larry Griffing 9/01/2018-8/31/2021
Heath Blackmon 9/01/2018-8/31/2021
Jen Dulin 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Kira Delmore 9/01/2018-8/31/2021
Daniel Paredes-Sabja 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Rene Garcia ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Andrea Martinez Aguirre Graduate Student Representative
Name Dates
Christine Merlin 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Charles Criscione 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Steve Lockless 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Beiyan Nan 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Larry Griffing 9/01/2018-8/31/2021
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Aditi Raju Graduate Student representative
Rene Garcia ex officio
Name Dates
Kathy Ryan Appointed Chair
Heath Blackmon 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Angela Hawkins 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Dylan McCreedy 9/01/2020-8/31/2023
Duncan MacKenzie 9/01/2018-08/31/2021
Lathi Taylor 9/01/2018-08/31/2021
Christine Farris director of UPO
Wayne Versaw ex officio

Faculty Senate

Name
Jim Erickson
Asha Rao
Matthew Sachs
Andy Tag

Appointed Committees

Bruce Riley Barbara Earnest
Stacy Stoops Mike Smotherman
Mark Zoran
Deb Bell-Pedersen Lieu Jean
Rene Garcia Alan Pepper
Richard Gomer Bruce Riley
Ira Greenbaum
Will Willhite (chair) Matt Sachs
Rodolfo Aramayo Debby Siegele
John Book
Alan Pepper (chair)
Amy Boedeker
Wayne Versaw
Rita Moyes (chair)
Camy Sturdivant
Denise Valero
Richard Gomer (chair) Bruce Riley
Rene Garcia Gil Rosenthal
Joe Sorg
Debby Siegele (chair) McKensie Le Fevre
John Book Will Willhite
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Debby Siegele (chair)
Will Willhite
Will Bailey
Mike Smotherman
Victor Johnson
Wayne Versaw

POLICIES

Department of Biology Policies

Texas A&M University Policies

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Tenured: Professor and Department Head

Texas A&M University: College of Science: Biology

Location : College Station, TX

Open Date : Dec 22, 2020

Description

A national search is underway to identify outstanding candidates for Head of the Department of Biology, College of Science at Texas A&M University, the fourth largest university in the nation with more than 50,000 students, a multibillion-dollar endowment ranked fourth among public universities and a top 20 research enterprise.  The position will also hold the title of tenured professor with a 9 month academic appointment starting Aug 2021.

The Department of Biology currently has 40 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 14 academic professional track faculty, 39 staff, 1600 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate students. Further information about the Department, its faculty and its facilities can be found at https://www.bio.tamu.edu.

Bryan-College Station, home to Texas A&M University, is a vibrant, dynamic, and rapidly growing community that offers cultural diversity, arts and entertainment, job opportunities, and overall quality of life. Located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle, the region offers the modern amenities of a big city with a warm, small-town charm, and the community’s low cost of living is advantageous to the student and general populations, making it an ideal place to live.

Qualifications

We seek candidates who have an internationally recognized research program, demonstrated experience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and scholarship, a broad perspective of biology disciplines, and proven leadership skills. The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Science and is responsible for the Department’s administrative, budgetary and personnel matters. The Head will be responsible for implementing our strategic plan (https://www.bio.tamu.edu/strategic-plan/) to raise five cutting-edge research areas within the biological sciences at Texas A&M University to preeminence. The Head will also promote high standards for continued growth, excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate education. The position requires a Ph.D. in Biology or related field and a record of scholarship and teaching consistent with the level of professor at a major research university.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a detailed CV and statements of research accomplishments, teaching perspective and administrative philosophy online at http://apply.interfolio.com/82061. Review of applications will begin February 1 and continue until the position is filled.

Any questions regarding this position may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Paul Hardin at headsearch@bio.tamu.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Tenure-Track Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor in Biological Timing (3 Positions) and Prokaryotic/Eukaryotic Microbiology (1 Position)

Texas A&M University: College of Science: Biology

Location : College Station, TX

The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for tenure-track  assistant or tenured associate professor positions in biological timing (3 positions) and prokaryotic/eukaryotic microbiology (1 position).

All candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in biology or related field, and we desire candidates who display uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in the pursuit of innovative research.  Expectations for the successful candidates are to develop an externally funded research program and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

This search represents the beginning of a multi-year strategic hiring effort to move several cutting-edge research areas within the biological sciences at Texas A&M University to preeminence. This is an exciting opportunity for new hires to be a part of developing interdisciplinary teams to tackle important problems in biology. Please see www.bio.tamu.edu for more information about our department.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service, and three letters of recommendation by December 15, 2020. Application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/81015.

If you have questions about this search, please direct e-mails to Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen, Chair of the Search Committee, at facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu.

Bryan-College Station, home to Texas A&M University, is a vibrant, dynamic, and rapidly growing community that offers cultural diversity, arts and entertainment, job opportunities, and overall quality of life. Located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle, the region offers the modern amenities of a big city with a warm, small-town charm, and the community’s low cost of living is advantageous to the student and general populations, making it an ideal place to live.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Academic Professional Track (Non-Tenure): Open Rank-Lecturer

Texas A&M University: College of Science: Biology

Location

College Station, TX

Open Date

Oct 6, 2020

Description

The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University has an opening for either a non-tenure track, lecturer or senior lecturer position, starting January 4, 2021, to teach Biology 112, the second course of our two-course introductory biology series. The course provides foundations in evolution, diversity of life, and physiology. This is a full-time, renewable position for 9 months. The starting salary for a lecturer or senior lecturer is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Qualifications

The minimum requirements are a PhD degree, conferred before September 1, 2020, in biology or a related science, and some teaching experience.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter that outlines teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references. The application materials must be submitted online at https://apply.interfolio.com/79134

Questions regarding the position should be directed to wversaw@bio.tamu.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Academic Professional Track (Non-Tenure): Lab Instructor

Texas A&M University: College of Science: Biology

Location

College Station, TX

Open Date

Aug 5, 2020

Description

The Department of Biology, College of Science at Texas A&M University invites applications for full-time Academic Professional Track (Non-Tenure) positions at the Lab Instructor title beginning 2021 spring semester. The pay period for this position is from September 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. This position will be for teaching labs in Introductory Biology, Microbiology, and Human Anatomy & Physiology.

Qualifications

The minimum requirement for this position is a Master’s degree, conferred before September 1, 2020, in Biology or a related science; teaching experience is preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter including teaching experience, a CV or resume, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for 3 references.   The application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/77583.  

Questions regarding the position should be directed to teach@bio.tamu.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.