Brenda Rushing, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Central Academic Building 313D
(210) 784-2212



Dr. Brenda Rushing is an Aggie, having graduated from Texas A&M University-College Station with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in molecular microbiology. Her career has spanned both academia and industry.  After her graduate studies, she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University-Bloomington in the Department of Biology. Following her postdoctoral studies, she obtained a faculty position at Trinity University in San Antonio, teaching courses in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Microbiology while conducting research on the phototaxis response of the photosynthetic bacterium, Rhodospirillum centenum. Her next academic position was in the Microbiology Department of the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio where she conducted research in a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) laboratory on the pathogenic fungus Coccidioides immitis. Her career shifted to industry where she was a Senior Research & Development Scientist and project manager, developing medical diagnostics using molecular biology methods. Dr. Rushing then returned to academia and is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, continuing her research on R. centenum. She teaches a number of courses including General Microbiology, Bacteriology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Research Projects in Biology, Research Experience in Biology, and Biology Seminar.

Bacteriology, Cell Physiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Diagnostic Microbiology, and Biology Seminar

Curriculum Vitae