About TAMU Biology2019-02-12T19:25:33+00:00

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.

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


Elected Committees

Name Dates
Bruce Riley (chair) 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Larry Griffing 9/01/2019-8/31/2021
Heath Blackmon 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Beiyan Nan 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Kira Delmore 9/01/2019-8/31/2021
Joe Sorg 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Zhaolan Ding student rep
Rene Garcia ex officio
Jennifer Bradford Graduate Program Coordinator
Name Dates
Matt Sachs (chair) 9/01/2018-8/31/2019
Hongmin Qin 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Michael Smotherman 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Joe Sorg 9/01/2016-8/31/2020
Larry Griffing 9/01/2019-8/31/2020
Jennifer Bradford program coordinator
Kristen Consalvo student rep
Rene Garcia ex officio
Name Dates
Kathy Ryan (chair) 9/01/2016-8/31/2019
Karl Aufderheide 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Andy Tag 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Duncan MacKenzie
Christine Farris director of UPO
Wayne Versaw ex officio

Faculty Senate

Charles Criscione
Ira Greenbaum

Appointed Committees

Will Bailey Tom McKnight
Deb Bell-Pedersen Bruce Riley
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Rene Garcia Wayne Versaw
Richard Gomer Mark Zoran
Lieu Jean
Name Dates
Deb Bell-Pedersen (chair)
Gil Rosenthal 1/01/2016-12/31/2018
Mark Zoran 1/01/2017-12/31/2020
Rene Garcia 9/01/2017-8/31/2020
Mary Wicksten 9/01/2015-8/31/2017
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 Daugherty
John Book David Reed
Jennifer Bradford Gil Rosenthal
Debby Siegele (chair)
David Reed
Will Bailey
Mike Smotherman
Victor Johnson
Wayne Versaw


  • Joint Appointment Statement 
    Department of Biology’s policies on joint appointments.
  • Temporary and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
    Department of Biology’s policies concerning the appointment of non-tenure-track faculty holding the titles of Laboratory Instructor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Visiting Faculty (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor).
  • Tenured and Tenure-Track Hiring
    Department of Biology’s policy on hiring Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty.
  • Tenure and Promotion
    Department of Biology’s policies concerning the tenure and promotion of faculty holding the titles of Assistant, Associate, Full and Distinguished Professor.
  • Guidelines for Parental Leave
    TAMU guidelines for parental leave for the birth or adoption of a new child.
  • Annual Review
    Guidelines for annual performance evaluations.
  • Outside Employment Requests
    Applicable to both faculty and staff, this links to the university’s policies and required forms.
  • University Rules
    Texas A&M’s searchable listing of rules and regulations. Should be reviewed in conjunction with the System Rules (see below).
  • Texas A&M University System Policies and Bylaws
    Contains the system’s policies and regulations.
  • White Paper Policy
    Equitable teaching loads and shared faculty governance.
  • Scholastic Deficiency
    Policies for dealing with the scholastic deficiency of a graduate student.
  • Graduate Program Committee Duties
    The policies and responsibilities of the Graduate Programs Committee.
  • Undergraduate Programs Committee Duties
    The policies and responsibilities of the Undergraduate Programs Committee.
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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Delmore Lab Speciation Genomics

Recent advances in sequencing technologies have allowed us to answer questions in the speciation literature we couldn’t even begin to approach before. These advances have also resulted in the generation of new exciting questions in speciation genomics. We are searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project on this topic. One example of a research avenue we are interested in is the observation that estimates differentiation between closely related populations and across the genome are often highly variable. Divergent selection at “speciation genes” and gene flow were initially proposed to explain these patterns but the importance of linked selection has recently been highlighted. Linked selection itself could result from positive or negative selection which may or may not carry over from past speciation events.

A full position description and directions to apply can be found here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attach (1) a letter of motivation 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 their application. Applications will begin being reviewed Nov 1, 2018. If you cannot make this deadline or have any additional questions please contact Kira Delmore (kdelmore@bio.tamu.edu).

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Dulin Lab

This is to announce a job opening for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Texas A&M University Department of Biology, available beginning July, 2018. The successful candidate will join a research lab focused on the development, characterization, and optimization of neural progenitor cell-based therapies for spinal cord injury. Major techniques of the laboratory include stereotaxic rodent surgeries, neural progenitor cell isolation and culture, viral vector-based gene targeting approaches, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence & confocal microscopy, and behavioral analysis. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will lead a project focused on defining cell-specific connectivity between neural progenitor grafts and the injured host nervous system.

A full position description and directions to apply can be found here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Delmore Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a project expanding on our present findings using alternate sources of data (e.g., analyses of differential gene expression and/or epigenetic markers). Behavioural genomics has seen a substantial increase in research interest over the last years, with a strong interest to expand beyond studying the genetic basis of morphological traits to study behaviours in this context. Seasonal migration is a great candidate for this expansion; advances in movement ecology are allowing us to track organisms like songbirds on migration and are paralleled by advances in sequencing technologies that have allowed us to apply these tools to non-model organisms. Work on the genetic basis of migration also has important conservation implications, as there is considerable concern in whether migratory organisms will be able to respond to current and future changes in their environments.

Full position description and directions to apply can be found here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attach (1) a letter of motivation 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 their application. Applications will begin being reviewed Nov 1, 2018. If you cannot make this deadline or have any additional questions please contact Kira Delmore (kdelmore@bio.tamu.edu).