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
Paul Hardin 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Alan Pepper 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Bruce Riley 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Gil Rosenthal 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Jim Smith 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
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
Joe Sorg 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Rene Garcia ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Kyoungsun Rha Graduate Student Representative
Name Dates
Steve Lockless 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Hongmin Qin 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Michael Smotherman 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Beiyan Nan 9/01/2019-8/31/2022
Larry Griffing 9/01/2018-8/31/2021
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Abira Sahu Graduate Student representative
Rene Garcia ex officio
Name Dates
Kathy Ryan Appointed Chair
Karl Aufderheide 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Andy Tag 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
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
Ira Greenbaum

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
David Reed (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 David Reed
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Debby Siegele (chair)
David Reed
Will Bailey
Mike Smotherman
Victor Johnson
Wayne Versaw

POLICIES

Department of Biology Policies

Texas A&M University Policies

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Multiple Faculty Positions

The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) invites applications for three tenure-track, Assistant Professor positions in Microbiology, Neurobiology, and Theoretical Evolutionary Biology.

We will consider candidates pursuing innovative research in any subarea of these fields. The criteria for selection are uniqueness, creativity, and excellence in research and scholarship. We require all candidates to have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will increase the exposure of our students to a diverse culture.

Expectations for the successful candidate will be to develop an externally funded research program and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. We offer an interactive and collegial research environment, a modern infrastructure, and a competitive startup package. Please go to www.bio.tamu.edu to find more information about our department. For full consideration, applicants should email a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by October 15, 2019 to facultysearch@bio.tamu.edu.

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

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.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative/Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. The College of Science and the Department of Biology are dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and culturally diverse faculty and staff who are committed to teaching and working in an environment of academic freedom and equality of opportunity.