Amy Tan

Graduate Student
Riley Lab



  • B.S. Biology, Walla Walla University, WA. 2013
  • M.S. Biology, Walla Walla University, WA. 2015
  • Ph.D. Biology, In Progress, Texas A&M University.


  • 3 Minute Thesis competition, 1st place & Audience Choice Awards (Doctoral Division)
  • Developmental Biology
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Inner ear development
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology



Poster presentation at Texas Zebrafish Conference, Nov. 2020
“Roles of pax2a, sp5a, and sp5l in mediating FGF and Wnt signaling during otic development,” Amy L. Tan and Bruce B. Riley

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 33rd Symposium In: Eckert G., S. Keller & S. Tamone, eds. Diving for Science, 2014. “Don’t Poop Where You Eat: Location of Sea Cucumber Egesta in a Coral Reef Environment,” James R. Nestler, Liesl K. Cole, Leah E. Dann, Carly V. Leggitt, Elisa P. Manley, Robyn E. Reeve, Amy L. Tan, E. Alan Verde

Accepted Abstract and Poster Presentation, 33rd International Sea Turtle Symposium 2013 “700 Hours on Nesting Beaches: ProTECTOR Volunteer Efforts in Honduras,” Tan, A. L., Dunbar, S. G., Baumbach, D., Cunningham, A., Damazo, L. E., Lindsay, K., and Salinas, L.

Oral Presentation, 6th North American Echinoderm Conference 2011, “Down-and-Dirty: What Holothurians and Hoover Vacuums Have in Common in a Tropical Coral Reef Environment”

Poster Presentation, Murdock Undergraduate Science Conference 2010, “Down-and-Dirty: What Sea Cucumbers and Hoover Vacuums Have in Common in a Tropical Coral Reef Environment,” with Elisa P. Manley and James R. Nestler