UFRI Fellow, Rushing 2015

RushingBrenda Rushing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Texas A&M University San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015

Following a career in research and development in the medical diagnostics industry, Dr. Brenda Rushing joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in 2013. Her research interests are in the field of molecular microbiology, specifically studying the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum centenum.  A&M-San Antonio is located in an academically underserved area of San Antonio with over 65% Hispanic student population and many first generation college students. The relatively young university is the fastest growing in Texas, and while its current population is junior and senior level students, the university is expanding in the Fall 2016 to accept its initial class of incoming first year students.


Dr. Rushing enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and is a proponent of undergraduate research as a high impact teaching practice, especially for introducing the research process to women and underrepresented minority students who may be unaware of possible career avenues. She brings her combination of industrial and academic experience into play when discussing career options in biology. She is also involved in outreach as an event coordinator for the Regional Science Olympiad held on the A&M-San Antonio campus each spring.  Her teaching interests include bacteriology, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and a special topics course in diagnostic microbiology.


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