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.


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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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’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.

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Elected Committees

Name Dates
Joe Sorg Associate Head for Faculty Affairs and Appointed Chair
Bruce Riley 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
Jim Smith 01/01/2020-12/31/2022
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
Jim Erickson 01/01/2022-12/31/2025
Matt Sachs 01/01/2022-12/31/2025
Name Dates
Rodolfo Aramayo 09/01/2019-08/31/2022
Jen Dulin 09/01/2019-08/31/2022
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
Beiyan Nan 09/01/2019-08/31/2022
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
Aditi Raju 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

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


Department of Biology Policies

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