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Biological Sciences

Message from the Chair

Santosh D'MelloA central mission of our department is to train students to develop the skills necessary to drive the current revolution in the biomedical sciences. We strive to fulfill this mission in a nurturing, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment.  The department is under expansion, with plans to recruit a mix of five junior and senior faculty in the next five years.  Current faculty conduct research in the areas of genetics and developmental biology, aging and metabolism, biochemical structures and functions, epigenetics, infectious diseases, neurodegeneration, and brain development.  Graduate students have the opportunity take courses in a variety of specialty areas reflecting the research interests of our faculty. Graduate degrees (MA, MS and Ph.D.) are awarded in Molecular and Cell Biology.  An important priority for the department is undergraduate education.  The undergraduate curriculum provides rigorous didactic and laboratory based training for students seeking admission to professional or graduate schools as well as those who seek jobs upon obtaining their BS or BA degree.  Exceptional opportunities are available for undergraduate students to participate in faculty research alongside graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Like their graduate peers, undergraduates are encouraged to present their research results at national and regional conferences and publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Dr. Santosh D'Mello
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Methodist University
6501 Airline Road, 113-DLS
Dallas, TX 75275
Tel: 214.768.4234; Fax: 214.768.3955
Email: sdmello@smu.edu