Rice University
BioSciences at Rice
Janet Braam, Chair                     George R. Brown Hall, Department Office

Message from the Chair

We are pleased to announce that on July 1st, 2014 the departments of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (BCB) and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) merged to form BioSciences at Rice. This merger unites faculty engaged in research and teaching in a wide range of disciplines throughout the life sciences, creating a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and educators housed within a single department.

The newly combined faculty shares a dedication to research and education, and we look forward to new synergies developing from this promising union. Our faculty members are investigating some of the most important questions on the fundamental properties of living organisms and impacts on the future quality of life on earth. BioSciences has outstanding research expertise in diverse areas, including animal behavior, biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology, cancer biology, cell and developmental biology, computational biology, conservation biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, neurobiology, plant biology, signal transduction, and synthetic and systems biology. Our faculty members have been recognized for their research accomplishments and promise with numerous honors, prominent positions in diverse scientific organizations, and receipt of national and international awards.

The distinct graduate programs in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology continue to thrive as parts of the new Department. Our graduate programs have diverse students from around the world and facilitate student participation in cutting-edge research and discovery. Beyond research, graduate students interested in careers with an education component can participate in optional activities to build their teaching portfolio.

Faculty members in BioSciences are dedicated educators, using a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods to accommodate students with diverse learning styles. In our Bachelor’s degree programs in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Biological Sciences, we integrate new and exciting course offerings with abundant hands-on research opportunities in our research groups at Rice and in other institutions of the Texas Medical Center. Undergraduates are encouraged to join our BioSciences Opportunities list serve to stay informed of all department news relevant to undergraduates, including upcoming advising sessions, research openings, and fellowship opportunities.

It is an exciting time for BioSciences at Rice. We have multiple faculty positions to fill over the next few years. We are looking for exceptional scientists and educators to join us in our new department!