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Interdisciplinary Research

Because the search for research answers requires an increasingly interdisciplinary approach, the College of Science continues to forge collaborations that break traditional barriers and combine uncommon skills to produce unique and unparalleled results.



The following lists College of Science faculty involved in interdisciplinary research:

Bioinformatics

This National Cancer Institute-funded, post-doctoral training program housed in Statistics is building bridges between life and computational sciences as it analyzes the relationship between diet and cancer risk.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Raymond Carroll Carroll, Raymond Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Bioinformatics

Research Interests: My main general methods currently are in developing statistical methods to deal with issues of nutrition, both basic science and epidemiology. I work within the frameworks of semiparametric and functional regression, understanding the structure of variability, and in latent variables especially as they arise in the case that important variables are measured with error and subject to excess zeros. My main application interest lies in problems of nutrition and physical activity, both at the molecular level and in the individual level. This has led me recently to considering problems of gene-environment interactions (where nutrition is the environment) and their effect on cancer, understanding the nature of dietary intake patterns in humans and the effect of those patterns on a host of diseases, and most recently, whether increasing physical activity increases the mean and decreases the variance of sleep efficiency.
Portrait of Alan Dabney Dabney, Alan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Microarrays, bioinformatics, classification methods, statistical education
Portrait of David Dahl Dahl, David Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Bayesian nonparameterics, statistical genomics, bayesian computations, statistical computing
Portrait of Bani Mallick Mallick, Bani Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Bayesian hierarchical modeling, nonparametric regression and classification, bioinformatics, spatio-temporal modeling, machine learning, functional data analysis, Bayesian nonparametrics, petroleum reservoir characterization, uncertainty analysis of computer model outputs.
Portrait of Suojin Wang Wang, Suojin Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Bioinformatics

Research Interests: Biostatistical inferences, missing and mis-measured data modeling and analysis, non- and semi-parametric methodology, resampling methods, small sample asymptotics, survey sampling.

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary faculty composed primarily of members from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Dwight Look College of Engineering, the Mays Business School, the College of Science, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Health Science Center.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Rodolfo Aramayo Aramayo, Rodolfo Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Meiosis RNA silencing non-coding RNAS cell cycle regulation informatics
Portrait of Christian Hilty Hilty, Christian Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy with emphasis on applications to chemistry and biochemistry, including the determination of molecular structure, reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms.
Portrait of Wenshe Liu Liu, Wenshe Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Bioorganic chemistry; chemical biology; enzyme kinetics; molecular biology; protein crystallography; protein engineering
Portrait of Alan Pepper Pepper, Alan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana
Portrait of David Russell Russell, David Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Mass spectrometry, ion mobility-mass spectrometry and gas phase ion chemistry. Research projects include development of next-generation instrumentation, fundamental studies aimed at understanding the structure of water, and biophysical studies of peptide aggregation and self-assembly.
Portrait of Deborah Siegele Siegele, Deborah Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Ontology development for microbial phenotypes and use of the ontology for annotating microbial genomes (microbialphenotypes.org)
Portrait of Terry Thomas Thomas, Terry Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Biotechnology

Research Interests: Plant molecular biology; developmental and environmental control of plant gene expression, functional genomics of diverse species

Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

In collaboration between the Texas A&M Materials Science and Engineering program and the Mathematics Department, a new interdisciplinary graduate degree track started in Fall 2006, funded by the National Science Foundation IGERT program. The focus is Next-generation Computational and Analytical Tools for Materials Science. Research themes include design of new materials by nanofabrication, incorporating multiple functionalities, as well as the development of new ways to analyze large-scale materials behavior by incorporating knowledge of atomic- and nanometer-scale properties.
  Name Title/Research
No Photo Available Ross, Jr., Joseph Chair, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

Research Interests: Magnetic resonance in solids; metal alloy ordering and magnetism; thermoelectric materials
Portrait of Yalchin Efendiev Efendiev, Yalchin Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

Research Interests: Numerical analysis
Portrait of Jean-Luc Guermond Guermond, Jean-Luc Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

Research Interests: Numerical analysis, partial differential equations
Portrait of Peter Kuchment Kuchment, Peter Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

Research Interests: Partial differential equations
Portrait of Winfried Teizer Teizer, Winfried Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Computational Nanoscience and Materials - IGERT

Research Interests: Condensed matter physics; materials physics; low temperature physics; magnetism; thin films; nanosystems

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The purpose of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is to integrate research programs related to the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology and heighten awareness of this important area of biological research within our institution. The program fosters collaboration for both research and teaching in the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of David Baumgardner Baumgardner, David Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Aquatic ecology; systematics, biogeography
Portrait of Joseph Bernardo Bernardo, Joseph Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: fundamental questions in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from a multi-disciplinary, integrative perspective and using a diverse array of tools including field experiments, phylogenetically-rooted comparative statistical analyses, quantitative estimates of physiological performance, experimental analyses of reproductive behavior, and molecular genetics
Portrait of Charles Criscione Criscione, Charles Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Ecology and Evolution of Parasites
Portrait of Ira Greenbaum Greenbaum, Ira Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Animal cytogenetics and evolution
Portrait of Steve Lockless Lockless, Steve Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Neuroscience; Evolutionary, Structural and Systems Biology
Portrait of Alan Pepper Pepper, Alan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana
Portrait of Michael Smotherman Smotherman, Michael Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration
Portrait of Mary Wicksten Wicksten, Mary Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests: Adaptive coloration of marine invertebrates; distribution, behavior, and classification of easter Pacific Decapoda Crustacea

Genetics

Genetics is an interdisciplinary graduate degree-granting program that contains a diverse cross-section of faculty with a shared interest in genetics. The graduate program is administered by the Faculty of Genetics, which consists of 106 members from 19 departments in the TAMU Colleges of Agriculture, Science, and Veterinary Medicine.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Rodolfo Aramayo Aramayo, Rodolfo Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Meiosis RNA silencing non-coding RNAS cell cycle regulation informatics
Portrait of Deborah Bell-Pedersen Bell-Pedersen, Deborah Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Molecular genetics and genomics of biological clocks in fungi, gene regulatory mechanisms
Portrait of Michael Benedik Benedik, Michael Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Microbial genetics, microbial biotechnology, protein engineering
Portrait of James Erickson Erickson, James Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Sex determination in Drosophilia, temporal and transcriptional controls in development, RNA silencing mechanisms
Portrait of Rene Garcia Garcia, Rene Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans
Portrait of Richard Gomer Gomer, Richard Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Tissue size regulation, wound healing, fibrosing diseases
Portrait of Ira Greenbaum Greenbaum, Ira Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Animal cytogenetics and evolution
Portrait of Paul Hardin Hardin, Paul Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Molecular biology of biological clocks in Drosophila, behavioral neurogenetics, transcriptional regulation
Portrait of Thomas McKnight McKnight, Thomas Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Plant Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Portrait of Alan Pepper Pepper, Alan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana
Portrait of Hongmin Qin Qin, Hongmin Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Ciliogenesis and intraflage transport in Chlamydomonas and C. Elegans
Portrait of Bruce Riley Riley, Bruce Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Genetic regulation of zebra fish development
Portrait of Gil Rosenthal Rosenthal, Gil Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Evolution and ecology of animal communication; mate choice and evolutionary genetics in Mexican freshwater fishes
Portrait of Matthew Sachs Sachs, Matthew Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: The mechanisms controlling gene regulation and genome organization in eukaryotes, primarily through studies on fungal model organisms
Portrait of Deborah Siegele Siegele, Deborah Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Genetics

Research Interests: Ontology development for microbial phenotypes and use of the ontology for annotating microbial genomes (microbialphenotypes.org)

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering involves the characterization of the physical and chemical properties of solid materials--metals and alloys, ceramics, magnetic materials, polymers, optical materials, semiconductors, superconductors, and composites--for the purpose of using, changing, or enhancing inherent properties to create or improve end products.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of James Batteas Batteas, James Director
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Nanoscale materials and devices, nanofabrication via self-assembly and scanned probe lithography, molecular and organic electronics, surface chemistry, plant biopolymer surfaces and interfaces, nanotribology of oxides, molecular forces, directed assembly of proteins on surfaces
Portrait of James Batteas Batteas, James Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Nanoscale materials and devices, nanofabrication via self-assembly and scanned probe lithography, molecular and organic electronics, surface chemistry, plant biopolymer surfaces and interfaces, nanotribology of oxides, molecular forces, directed assembly of proteins on surfaces
Portrait of Andreas Holzenburg Holzenburg, Andreas Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Architecture of photosynthesis, structure-function relationships of Arabidopsis thaliana chloroplast division proteins, mimicking photosynthetic energy transfer using quantum chemistry
Portrait of Donald Naugle Naugle, Donald Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Condensed matter
No Photo Available Ross, Jr., Joseph Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Magnetic resonance in solids; metal alloy ordering and magnetism; thermoelectric materials
Portrait of Winfried Teizer Teizer, Winfried Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Condensed matter physics; materials physics; low temperature physics; magnetism; thin films; nanosystems
Portrait of Wenhao Wu Wu, Wenhao Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Condensed matter
Portrait of Hong-Cai Zhou Zhou, Hong-Cai Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Inorganic chemistry and materials science; Synhtesis and the application of physical methods to materials characterization

Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences

  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Lawrence Griffing Griffing, Lawrence Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences

Research Interests: Structure and biochemical organization of cells; membrane trafficking
Portrait of Thomas McKnight McKnight, Thomas Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences

Research Interests: Plant Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Portrait of Alan Pepper Pepper, Alan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences

Research Interests: Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana
Portrait of Wayne Versaw Versaw, Wayne Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences

Research Interests: Plant cell and molecular biology

Neuroscience

The Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience consists of a highly collegial and interactive faculty with research interests in neuroscience.
  Name Title/Research
No Photo Available Shetty, Ashok Director
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury, hippocampal neurogenesis, chronic temporal lobe epilepsy and Gulf war illness related studies using animal models. Treating cogntive and mood dysfunction in brain injury and epilepsy models
Portrait of Rene Garcia Garcia, Rene Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans
Portrait of Paul Hardin Hardin, Paul Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Molecular biology of biological clocks in Drosophila, behavioral neurogenetics, transcriptional regulation
Portrait of U.J. McMahan McMahan, U.J. Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Use of electron microscope tomography to study the three-dimensional organization and behavior of macromolecules at the nervous system synapses
Portrait of Bruce Riley Riley, Bruce Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Genetic regulation of zebra fish development
Portrait of Gil Rosenthal Rosenthal, Gil Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Evolution and ecology of animal communication; mate choice and evolutionary genetics in Mexican freshwater fishes
Portrait of Michael Smotherman Smotherman, Michael Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration
Portrait of Mark Zoran Zoran, Mark Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Neuroscience

Research Interests: Developmental neurobiology; molecular determinants of synaptogenesis and synaptic specificity; mechanisms of synaptic plasticity

Nutrition

Nutrition is involved in almost all of the processes of human life. The field ranges from discovering the role of citrus limonoids on cell signalling and the development of breast cancer -- to the effect of amino acids like arginine on protein metabolism and muscle mass -- to the effect of nutrition education programs on glycosylated hemoglobin levels of individuals with diabetes. Indeed, nutrition is central to growing concerns of obesity and severe chronic health diseases.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Raymond Carroll Carroll, Raymond Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Nutrition

Research Interests: My main general methods currently are in developing statistical methods to deal with issues of nutrition, both basic science and epidemiology. I work within the frameworks of semiparametric and functional regression, understanding the structure of variability, and in latent variables especially as they arise in the case that important variables are measured with error and subject to excess zeros. My main application interest lies in problems of nutrition and physical activity, both at the molecular level and in the individual level. This has led me recently to considering problems of gene-environment interactions (where nutrition is the environment) and their effect on cancer, understanding the nature of dietary intake patterns in humans and the effect of those patterns on a host of diseases, and most recently, whether increasing physical activity increases the mean and decreases the variance of sleep efficiency.

Reproductive Biology

Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology (IFRB) is composed of 48 faculty members from 10 departments in 4 colleges, 4 campuses and 3 off-campus research centers of the TAMU System. The faculty has a diverse set of research interests that span Reproductive Biology of both the male and female using livestock, laboratory and wildlife species as primary models.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Duncan MacKenzie MacKenzie, Duncan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Reproductive Biology

Research Interests: Comparative endocrinology of reproduction and thyroid function in fish, amphibians and reptiles
Portrait of Gil Rosenthal Rosenthal, Gil Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Reproductive Biology

Research Interests: Evolution and ecology of animal communication; mate choice and evolutionary genetics in Mexican freshwater fishes

Toxicology

The Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology (IFT) is composed of faculty from sixteen TAMU departments in four colleges, three divisions of the Health Schiece Center, and three associated laboratories, and is housed administratively in the Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology (VTPP). Toxicology combines the elements of biology and chemistry with many other disciplines to help us understand the effects of chemicals on living organisms.
  Name Title/Research
Portrait of Raymond Carroll Carroll, Raymond Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: My main general methods currently are in developing statistical methods to deal with issues of nutrition, both basic science and epidemiology. I work within the frameworks of semiparametric and functional regression, understanding the structure of variability, and in latent variables especially as they arise in the case that important variables are measured with error and subject to excess zeros. My main application interest lies in problems of nutrition and physical activity, both at the molecular level and in the individual level. This has led me recently to considering problems of gene-environment interactions (where nutrition is the environment) and their effect on cancer, understanding the nature of dietary intake patterns in humans and the effect of those patterns on a host of diseases, and most recently, whether increasing physical activity increases the mean and decreases the variance of sleep efficiency.
Portrait of Andreas Holzenburg Holzenburg, Andreas Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Architecture of photosynthesis, structure-function relationships of Arabidopsis thaliana chloroplast division proteins, mimicking photosynthetic energy transfer using quantum chemistry
Portrait of Wenshe Liu Liu, Wenshe Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Bioorganic chemistry; chemical biology; enzyme kinetics; molecular biology; protein crystallography; protein engineering
Portrait of Frank Raushel Raushel, Frank Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Determination of enzyme reaction mechanisms and protein structure using kinetic, genetic, and magnetic resonance techniques
Portrait of Emile Schweikert Schweikert, Emile Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Surface and micrscopic analysis, extreme trace analysis
Portrait of Marlan Scully Scully, Marlan Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Laser physics; quantum optics; nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; bioengineering
Portrait of Alexei Sokolov Sokolov, Alexei Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Lasers, attosecond physics, femtosecond pulses, molecular modulation
Portrait of Clifford Spiegelman Spiegelman, Clifford Member, Interdisciplinary Faculty
Toxicology

Research Interests: Theory: Nonparametric smoothing methods, measurement error models, high dimensional inference and estimation, calibration and inverse problems. Applications: in physical and engineering sciences: forensics, transportation, chemometrics, environmetrics, agriculture, and biology.
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