The Bryan/College Station community, located in central Texas, 90 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, is an inexpensive and attractive place to live. With a population of over 120,000, there are ample and varied recreational and cultural activities on campus and in the community. A temperate, warm climate makes year-round outdoor activities enjoyable. The large metropolitan centers of Houston and Austin are within two hours driving distance while Dallas-Fort Worth is about a four hour drive.
The community offers good school systems, a regional shopping mall, and a variety of other retail outlets. Students can take advantage of the cultural and intellectual activities associated with an academic community, as well as the many outdoor recreational activities. The two cities maintain 40 parks, six swimming pools, several public golf courses, and numerous tennis courts. In addition, there are a number of private and University recreational facilities.
The College of Medicine is a member of the Texas A&M System Health Science Center which was consolidated in January 1999. Other members include the School of Rural Public Health, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston and the Baylor College of Dentistry located in Dallas.
The Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine occupies approximately 12,000 square feet of laboratory and classroom space on the fourth floor of the Reynolds Medical Building; adjacent to the building is a large easily accessible medical sciences library. There are active faculty research programs in molecular parasitology, mechanisms of microbial disease pathogenesis, protein secretion, yeast genetics, gene regulation, DNA replication and rearrangement, mammalian development, protein folding, and membrane biochemistry.
Graduate training is available through the Medical Science Ph.D. program (College of Medicine), through the M.D./Ph.D. program (College of Medicine) and other programs that our faculty are affiliated with Joint Research.