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Student & Faculty Reseach

Engaging students in research is a key component of our mission.  Research plays a key role in the lives of our faculty, and students are invited to work alongside faculty in pursuit of new scientific knowledge.  Research offers students the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and put it in to action, all while making connections with their faculty mentor and other students in the laboratory. 


Alumni Spotlight

Our Alumni Spotlight features Dr. Manoj Chelvanambi (BS Biology, 2015). After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology and honors senior thesis with Dr. Giri Akkaraju (Professor of Biology), Manoj earned his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from University of Pittsburgh in 2021. Today, Manoj is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where he conducts research aimed at identifying immunotherapies effective in treating cancer. Click Read More to learn more about Manoj, his experiences at TCU, and his current research position.


Support our Biology Students

Designate your gifts to:

  • Dr. Ray Drenner Biology Student Research Fund
  • Clifford Murphy Fund for Biology Student Research

You can help our Department expand student research opportunities by making a donation today. Donations of any size are appreciated. Donations of $3600 are typically sufficient to provide stipends for summer research conducted by graduate students or yearlong research experiences for students, including research supplies and travel to scientific conferences.  Read more.




Latest Stories

Alumna Serves Communities Abroad as Medical Volunteer

March 2, 2021

Jessica Boyce ’20 graduated from TCU with a biology major and minors in Spanish and anthropology. Boyce is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and came to TCU on the pre-health track. After graduating last year, she used her EMT license to volunteer with an organization in Mexico during her gap year before entering physician’s assistant school this May.



Recent Publications

“Molecular diet analysis of the marine fish-eating bat, Myotis vivesi, and potential mercury exposure. ”

Drinkwater R, Goodwin A, Cush J, Korstian JM, Chumchal MM, Gerardo Herrera L, Valdez M, Otálora-Ardila A, Flores-Martinez JJ, Clare EL.

Canadian Journal of Zoology 99: 752-759.

“Predation release of Texas horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum) living in small towns.”

Mirkin S, Tucker MR, Williams DA.

Ecology and Evolution 11:5355-5363.

“Loss of the ClpXP protease leads to decreased resistance to cell-envelope targeting antimicrobials in Bacillus anthracis Sterne. ”

Zou L, Evans CR, Do VD, Losefsky QP, Ngo DQ, McGillivray SM.

Frontiers in Microbiology 12:2247.

“Mercury contamination of seabird and sea duck eggs from high Arctic Greenland.”

Burnham KK, Meyer FK, Burnham JL, Chumchal MM, Johnson JA

Polar Biology 44:1195-1202

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