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
Joe Sorg Associate Head for Faculty Affairs and Appointed Chair
Alan Pepper 01/01/2023-12/31/2025
Jim Smith 01/01/2023-12/31/2025
Andy Tag 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Rita Moyes 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Debby Siegele 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Mike Smotherman 01/01/2021-12/31/2024
Bruce Riley 01/01/2022-12/31/2025
Matt Sachs 01/01/2022-12/31/2025
Name Dates
Kira Delmore 09/01/2022-08/31/2025
Christine Merlin 09/01/2022-08/31/2025
Daniel Paredes-Sabja 09/01/2020-08/31/2023
Courtney Fitzpatrick 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Lamba Sangare 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Aref Zarin 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Heath Blackmon Graduate Advisor and ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Jen Hulke graduate student representative
Name Dates
Angela Mitchell 09/01/2022-08/31/2025
Christine Merlin 09/01/2020-08/31/2023
Bella Farhy 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Jerome Menet 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Jim Smith 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Heath Blackmon Graduate Advisor and ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Riley Buhrow graduate student representative
Name Dates
Kathy Ryan Appointed Chair
Angela Hawkins 09/01/2020-08/31/2023
Dylan McCreedy 09/01/2020-08/31/2023
Rene Garcia 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Brigitte LeBoeuf 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Tapasree Roy Sarkar 09/01/2021-08/31/2024
Charles Criscione Director for Academic Affairs and ex officio
Asha Rao Director for Undergraduate Curriculum and ex officio
Christine Farris Director of Undergraduate Programs Office

Faculty Senate

Name
Jim Erickson
Asha Rao
Matthew Sachs
Andy Tag

Appointed Committees

Bruce Riley Barbara Earnest
Lily Pena Mike Smotherman
Mark Zoran
Jason Oldham (chair) Joseph Sorg
John Book Heath Blackmon
Alan Pepper (chair)
Susan Reed
Wayne Versaw
Aurelio Cadena (chair)
Denise Valero
Richard Gomer (chair) Bruce Riley
Alan Pepper Angela Mitchell
Kira Delmore Jennifer Dulin
Courtney Fitzpatrick

POLICIES

Department of Biology Policies

Texas A&M University Policies

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Assistant Professor – College of Arts & Sciences

Texas A&M University: College of Arts & Sciences: Biology

Location

College Station

Open Date

Dec 15, 2022

Description

Texas A&M University’s Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellows Program is a faculty hiring program that connects early career faculty advancing outstanding scholarship with relevant disciplinary units on campus. Faculty are hired as ACES Assistant Professors with the expectation of transitioning to tenure track (pending departmental review) by the end of the fellowship period. ACES is administered by the Office for Diversity in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences.

The ACES Faculty Fellows Program promotes the research, teaching, and scholarship of early career scholars who embrace the belief that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. From this experience at Texas A&M, fellows should develop an understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion and the power that it holds for students, faculty, and staff to enrich their lives.

As a public, land-grant, Hispanic-serving (HSI) research university, Texas A&M upholds its responsibility to accountability, campus climate, equity, and scholarship by maintaining a campus that affirms equity and fosters inclusion and belonging. Significantly, Texas A&M holds itself accountable to improve campus climate and equity goals through clear, accessible measures.

ACES Assistant Professors are afforded access to invaluable academic and professional development experiences to advance their careers as scholars. The objective is for ACES Assistant Professors to transition to tenure-track faculty by the end of the fellowship. ACES Assistant Professors will benefit from: prescriptive mentoring, access to instructional best practices, a vast array of world-class research and productivity resources, and a robust network of renowned Texas A&M scholars from across disciplines.

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.  The Department of Biology will consider ACES candidates pursuing innovative research in any area of biological sciences.

ABOUT THE ACES FACULTY FELLOWS PROGRAM

  • Texas A&M University’s ACES Faculty Fellows Program is an up to two-year (24 month) fellowship for early career PhDs. Applicants’ degrees should be completed no more than four years from the time of application. ACES Assistant Professors begin their appointment in August.
  • The benefits and stipend are department specific. Benefits including medical, dental, and vision are available. The faculty fellowship period generally begins August 1 and ends on July 31. Start dates are negotiable, but must commence between July 1 and August 10.
  • ACES Assistant Professors will receive reimbursement for one-time relocation fees, a research and travel allowance as specified in the position description, and a private office.
  • ACES Assistant Professors will teach one course per academic year, thereby benefiting from dedicated research time. Fellows will hold the title of ACES Assistant Professor.
  • A hallmark of the Texas A&M University’s ACES Faculty Fellows Program is the mentoring ACES Assistant Professors will receive, as well as its attention to community-building.

Qualifications

Texas A&M University’s ACES Faculty Fellows Program is an up to two-year (24 month) fellowship for early career PhDs. Applicants’ degrees should be completed no more than four years from the time of application.  Applicants’ should have earned their doctoral degrees (PhD) between January 1, 2019 and July 1, 2023.

Applications are welcome from scholars with a strength in, and evidence of, a respect for diversity and inclusion. We invite applications from scholars whose work aligns with a field in the College of Arts & Sciences in Biology.

Application Instructions

Prior to beginning the online application, individuals are encouraged to review the instructions and the requested materials. Applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern on February 1, 2023. The application for the Texas A&M University’s ACES Fellows Program requires submission of the following online at http://apply.interfolio.com/112840:

  1. Cover Letter (1-3) pages describing your interest in the position and providing preferred contact information (e.g., name, email, phone number, and address)
  2. C.V.
  3. Research statement including proposal of scholarly project(s) (3-5 pages) conducted during the fellowship years
  4. Teaching statement (1-3 pages) describing your teaching philosophy and focus
  5. Diversity statement (1-3 pages) explaining how your scholarship, teaching, service and/or other experiences have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how that commitment may benefit Texas A&M University
  6. One writing sample (e.g., book chapter, chapter from your dissertation; journal article; work under review; or work in progress)
  7. Contact information for three references including name, title, and contact information — Please do not include your letters of reference with your application materials. The Office for Diversity will ask you for your letters if your application advances through the review process.

Please email aces@tamu.edu if you have any questions related to eligibility, technical issues with the application, or program details.

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): Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor

Texas A&M University: College of Arts & Sciences: Biology

Location

College Station

Open Date

Nov 01, 2022

Description

The Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time academic professional track (non-tenure) position with a 9-month academic appointment beginning August 1, 2023. Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor, depending on qualifications. This position is teaching-intensive (70%) and includes expectations for scholarship and/or service (30%). This is a renewable position with an opportunity for advancement in the instructional track going from Instructional Assistant Professor to Instructional Associate Professor to Instructional Full Professor.

The primary role of this position is to provide high-quality biology instruction to undergraduates. The department has particular needs in its 2-course Introductory Biology series, and its upper-level courses in Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology  (BIOL 111, 112, 319, and 320: course descriptions: https://www.bio.tamu.edu/undergraduate-programs/).

Diversity Statement

The Department of Biology values diversity, equity, and inclusion among all intersecting identities, including race, gender, orientation, disability, etc.  We seek colleagues who share these values and support our academic mission. The Department’s full DEI statement is available at https://www.bio.tamu.edu/about-tamubiology/diversity/.

More information about Bryan-College Station

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. Many exceptional natural history destinations (e.g. Big Thicket National Preserve) are less than a day’s drive away. 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.

Qualifications

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience in teaching undergraduate-level biology courses.  Additional experience with student-centered pedagogical teaching approaches that enhance student success and further the undergraduate teaching mission of the Department of Biology is desirable.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter that outlines relevant experience (as related to the qualifications), curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/115569.

If you have any questions about this search, please direct e-mails to Dr. Charles Criscione (ccriscione@bio.tamu.edu) or Dr. Asha Rao (arao@bio.tamu.edu), chairs of the search committee.

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): Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor

Location

College Station, Texas

Open Date

May 24, 2022

Description:

The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University has openings for two Instructional Assistant or Associate Professor positions, depending on qualifications, starting in the fall 2022 semester. This is a full-time position. The primary roles of these positions are to provide high-quality biology instruction to undergraduates. The department has particular needs in its 2-course Introductory Biology series, its second-year course Genes, Ecology, and Evolution, and upper-level courses in Chordate Anatomy and Ecology (course descriptions: https://www.bio.tamu.edu/undergraduate-programs/).  The position is teaching-intensive (70%) and includes expectations for scholarship and/or service (30%). This is a renewable 9-month appointment with an opportunity for advancement in the instructional track going from Instructional Assistant Professor to Instructional Associate Professor to Instructional Full Professor.

Diversity Statement:

The Department of Biology values diversity, equity, and inclusion among all intersecting identities, including race, gender, orientation, disability, etc.  We seek colleagues who share these values and support our academic mission. The Department’s full DEI statement is available at https://www.bio.tamu.edu/about-tamubiology/diversity/.

More Information About Bryan-College Station:

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. Many exceptional natural history destinations (e.g. Big Thicket National Preserve) are less than a day’s drive away. 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.

Qualifications

The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience in teaching undergraduate- or graduate-level biology courses, especially in the areas of cell and molecular biology, or ecology and evolution.  Additional experience with student-centered pedagogical teaching approaches that enhance student success and further the undergraduate teaching mission of the Department of Biology is desirable.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter that outlines teaching experience, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references by Jun 15th, 2022. Application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/106379.

If you have any questions about this search, please direct e-mails to Drs. Asha Rao and Charles Criscione, co-chairs of the search committee at arao@bio.tamu.edu and ccriscione@bio.tamu.edu.

Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in the Bell-Pedersen Lab, Texas A&M University

The Bell-Pedersen lab at Texas A&M University seeks 2 postdocs to study the mechanisms of circadian clock control of mRNA translation and metabolism in Neurospora and/or mammalian cells. https://www.bellpedersenlab.com

Environment: We are in the Biology Department at Texas A&M (https://bio.tamu.edu) and are part of the interdisciplinary program of Genetics (https://genetics.tamu.edu), and the Center for Research on Biological Rhythms (https://clocks.tamu.edu). These programs bring together members of several departments from a variety of scientific and international backgrounds. The atmosphere is enthusiastic, collaborative and supportive. Texas A&M is Tier 1 research institution with expansive research facilities, and College Station is a small, friendly, low cost of living, university town located between Austin and Houston.

Requirements: PhD in Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related fields, and experience working independently. Expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, and/or computational biology is preferred. Applicants are expected to exhibit a desire to work collaboratively and help maintain a supportive environment in the lab.

Application: Applicants should send (1) a cover letter that includes their research interests and career goals and (2) a CV that includes the names, emails and phone numbers of at least two references to Deborah Bell-Pedersen (dpedersen@tamu.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received. Please contact me if you have any questions