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Biosphere Newsletter Spring 2020

Catch up with the Department of Biology’s latest and greatest with our Newsletter Biosphere, highlighting the amazing people and research happening right here in TAMU Biology!

Graduate Student Spotlight: Adam Foxfire

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Adam Foxfire. A student in the Smith Lab, Adam works on the discovery, purification, and characterization of novel antibiotics from natural sources. Learn more about Adam and his graduate experience in this month’s Spotlight.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Abira Sahu

This month’s Graduate Student Spotlight highlights Abira Sahu. A student in the Versaw Lab, Abira works on spatial distribution of inorganic phosphate in Arabidopsis roots. Learn more about Abira and her graduate experience in this month’s Spotlight.

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Vets Who Code

Dr. Heath Blackmon of Texas A&M Biology has created a program designed to give veterans the chance to learn valuable coding skills needed in modern day STEM fields, called “Vets Who Code”. The two day program provides in-person training and certification in coding and data analysis, learn more about this year’s program and its impacts in the TAMU Biology Article.

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Texas A&M Biologists Celebrate Biotech Start-Up’s $1.4 Billion Sale 

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Gomer and Dr. Darrell Pilling on the sale of their Biotech company Promedior Inc., which is focused on research into fighting fibrotic diseases! Learn more about their work and the sale in the TAMU Science Article.

First-Gen Spotlight: Thao-Nguyen Pham

With the lessons she learned as a first-generation college student, Thao-Nguyen Pham ’20 is mentoring other first-generation freshmen while working toward her degree in Zoology. Read more about her story in the article by the Office of Student Success.

Biosphere Newsletter Fall 2019

Catch up with the Department of Biology’s latest and greatest with our Newsletter Biosphere, highlighting the amazing people and research happening right here in TAMU Biology!

Dr. Christine Merlin Lab Finds Genetic Evidence for Clock Control and Vitamin A Regulation of Seasonal Responses in Monarchs 

Biologists at Texas A&M University are making strides in understanding biological clock function in several model organisms and translating these studies into broader implications for human health, learn more about the Merlin Lab and their findings in the article by TAMU Science.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Yu Tang

A student in the Gomer Lab, Yu works on the mechanism of extracellular polyphosphate induced proliferation inhibition in Dictyostelium discoideum. Learn more about Yu and his graduate experience in this month’s Spotlight here.

Dr. Asha Rao wins 2019 AFS Distinguished Achievement College-Level Awards in Teaching 

Dr. Asha Rao is one of this year’s recipients of  The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement College-Level Awards in Teaching for 2019 for her commitment to Biology Education. Learn more about Dr. Rao and the other award recipients here.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Kyoungsun Rha

Kyoungsun is a student Garcia Lab, and works on identifying the mechanism of how cells regulate their metabolisms to maintain their functionality

Read more about Kyoungsun and her graduate student experience here.

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SPRC 2019

Checkout photos from the Department of Biology’s Student & Postdoc Research Conference held on OCtober 5th, 2019.

Photos of the participants can be found here.

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Dr. Lawrence Griffing: The Lost Portrait of Robert Hooke?

“Robert Hooke was very, very busy in his day and one of the first practical scientists. One of the Holy Grails of science history is to find the portrait of him. I’ve been looking, and I think I might’ve found it.” -Dr. Lawrence Griffing, Texas A&M biologist

Read the full TAMU Science article here.

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Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: YuFeng Wan

Yufeng is a student in the Garcia lab, and he studies neurobiology and mating behaviors of males in C. elegans

Read more about Yufeng and his graduate student experience here.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Katrina Hofstetter

Katrina is a student in the Lockless lab, and she studies how bacterial ion channels affect cell physiology.

Read more about Katrina and her graduate student experience here.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Jimmy Goncalves

Jimmy is a student in the Garcia lab, and  studies how metabolism affects neurology and behavior in C. elegans.

Read more about Jimmy and his graduate student experience here.

Dr. Deb Bell-Pedersen Named to Inaugural Class of 2019 University Professorships

Dr. Deborah Bell-Pedersen, professor of biology and associate head of operations in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University, has been named as one of five inaugural holders of a University Professorship, a new faculty honor announced Wednesday (May 1) by Texas A&M Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Carol A. Fierke.

Read the full TAMU Science article here.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Andrew Anderson

Drew is a graduate student in the Adam Jones lab, studying sexual selection and evolution of traits using fishes like pipefish.

Read more about Drew and his graduate student experience here.

Dr. Duncan MacKenzie awarded 2019 AFS Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award 

In May of 2019, Dr. Duncan MacKenzie was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award for his excellence in Teaching.

Read more about Dr. MacKenzie and his distinguished service here.

Checkout the Graduate Student Spotlight: Joshua Beytebiere

Joshua is a graduate student in the Jerome Menet lab, studying rhythmic gene expression in the circadian clock.

Read more about Joshua and his graduate student experience here.

Texas A&M Biologists Find Feeding Time Influences Liver’s Biological Clock in Mice

The timing of food intake is a major factor driving the rhythmic expression of most genes in the mouse liver, Texas A&M University researchers report Tuesday (April 16) in the journal Cell Reports.

Read the full TAMU Science article here.

Texas A&M Biologist Richard Gomer Elected Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

Texas A&M University biologist Dr. Richard H. Gomer has been named to the inaugural class of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Members in recognition of the achievement and contributions of academic inventors worldwide.

Read the full TAMU Science article here.