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Chair, Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

Rick Russell, Ph.D.

The GSC Chair oversees the Graduate Studies Committee, which is a committee of all CMB faculty members. The GSC Chair also chairs the CMB Executive Committee, which generally consists of 16 CMB GSC faculty members. The Executive Committee sets policies concerning academics and requirements for the graduate program.

Graduate Advisors

Graduate Advisor for first-year students
Steve Vokes 

Graduate Advisor for continuing students
Blerta Xhemalce

The Graduate Advisors are faculty members appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School to advise Cell and Molecular Biology doctoral students (generally in the sense of clarifying policy or granting exceptions to policy), to monitor their academic progress, and to represent the Graduate School in matters relating to graduate students. In addition to these duties, the first-year advisor assists new graduate students with course selection, track requirements, and labatory placements. The continuing student advisor supports students beginning in their second year of study.

Graduate Program Administrator

Justine Meccio

The Graduate Administrator is the person who handles most of the day-to-day operations of the program. Her responsibilities include responding to inquiries, facilitiating degree processes, handling petitions and special requests, monitoring degree progress, student academic employment and fellowships, processing registration, and maintaining graduate student files. In addition, she is availble to assist students with other ad-hoc issues or concerns. Most questions concerning the program can be addressed to the Graduate Program Administrator, who will consult with the Graduate Program Advisor and GSC Chair as necessary. The Graduate Program Administrator also oversees the recruitment and admission process for applicants to the CMB program. She is also responsible for event planning, orientation activites, and supporting the administrative needs of new students throughout their first year.

Note to current students: When making requests to the Graduate Program Administrator, please include your full name and EID in the correspondence.

Mailing Address

Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
100 E. 24th Street – STOP – A5000
NHB 2.606
Austin, Texas  78712