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.
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 email@example.com, 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
|Bruce Riley (chair)||9/01/2016-8/31/2019|
|Zhaolan Ding||student rep|
|Rene Garcia||ex officio|
|Jennifer Bradford||Graduate Program Coordinator|
|Matt Sachs (chair)||9/01/2018-8/31/2019|
|Jennifer Bradford||program coordinator|
|Kristen Consalvo||student rep|
|Rene Garcia||ex officio|
|Kathy Ryan (chair)||9/01/2016-8/31/2019|
|Christine Farris||director of UPO|
|Wayne Versaw||ex officio|
|Will Bailey||Tom McKnight|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen||Bruce Riley|
|Jennifer Bradford||Gil Rosenthal|
|Rene Garcia||Wayne Versaw|
|Richard Gomer||Mark Zoran|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen (chair)|
|Bruce Riley||Barbara Earnest|
|Stacy Stoops||Mike Smotherman|
|Deb Bell-Pedersen||Lieu Jean|
|Rene Garcia||Alan Pepper|
|Richard Gomer||Bruce Riley|
|David Reed (chair)||Matt Sachs|
|Rodolfo Aramayo||Debby Siegele|
|Alan Pepper (chair)|
|Rita Moyes (chair)|
|Richard Gomer (chair)||Bruce Riley|
|Rene Garcia||Gil Rosenthal|
|Debby Siegele (chair)||McKensie Daugherty|
|John Book||David Reed|
|Jennifer Bradford||Gil Rosenthal|
|Debby Siegele (chair)|
- 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.
Joint Program Coordinator Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Program (EEB) and Applied Biodiversity Science Program (ABS)
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. program (EEB) and the Applied Biodiversity Science program (ABS) at Texas A&M University are seeking a full-time joint Program Coordinator. This PhD-level coordinator position is a hub for the EEB and ABS programs. S/he will become a central communicator and facilitator for faculty, students, and the international network, and be engaged in the research and teaching missions of these programs. The position supports opportunities for research and professional development and is appropriate for postdocs. The position is based in the College Station campus. EEB is an interdisciplinary program that offers a Ph.D. in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. We offer a world-class training program that incorporates many fields relevant to EEB, spanning from evolutionary genomics to animal behavior to landscape ecology. Our faculty and students are spread over 11 departments and seven colleges across Texas A&M University, bringing together a diverse array of perspectives in the study of EEB.
The ABS Program is a multidisciplinary graduate training program. ABS promotes integrative research in biological and social sciences applied to biodiversity conservation around the world, including the US, Latin America, and Africa. Faculty and students spread over nine departments and five colleges.
More about this position here.
The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University has two openings for either a lecturer or senior lecturer position, starting September 1, 2019. These are full-time, renewable positions for 9 months and has a pay period of September 1 through May 31. The projected starting salary for a lecturer or senior lecturer is between $4,000 and $4,500 per month, depending on qualifications and experience. The minimum requirement is a PhD degree, conferred before September 1, 2019 in Biology or a related science; teaching experience is required.
Applicants should submit a cover letter that outlines teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references, as well as questions about this search, to Dr. Wayne Versaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. Texas A&M University, the College of Science and the Department of Biology is 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.
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.