The upcoming BioHouston annual luncheon, Bringing Research to Life
, will feature the new Texas A&M President, Dr. Elsa Murano, as our speaker. Research, particularly in the rapidly expanding life sciences, is the cornerstone in Texas A&M’s quest to become a top-10 public institution by 2020. The impact of this aggressive initiative by the Aggies is far-reaching, as well as critical in expanding the intellectual capital of the state.
Dr. Murano began her professorial career in 1990 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventative Medicine at Iowa State, the position she held prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty. She received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Florida International University, and earned both a master's degree in anaerobic microbiology and a doctorate in food science and technology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Murano is the first woman and first Hispanic-American to lead the oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas—now one of the largest teaching and research universities in the nation.