Dr. Jenny A. Hyde

B.S. in Microbiology, Texas A&M University –  1996

Ph.D. in  Medical Science,  Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dr. Jon T. Skare – 2005

Postdoctoral, Texas A&M Health Science Center – 2010

“The Lyme disease bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a unique pathogen that is able transmit through a tick bite and cause a highly inflammatory long-term disease with limited treatment options. We investigate how the bacteria is able to infect human and ticks while avoiding the immune response.  Our studies also focus on mechanisms for altering the mammalian immune response to support infection and disease.”

Research Specialties

Bioinformatics and Genomic

Microbial Genetics

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

How long have you been a faculty member at Texas A&M?

In 2011, I started my position as a research assistant professor and transitioned to tenure track assistant professor in 2016.

What makes A&M stand out above other institutions? What is the best part about being part of the Genetics program?

As an Aggie, I greatly appreciate the distinctions of the TAMU. This is an excellent environment for personally and professionally. The researcher environment at TAMU pushes you to excel and provides supportive collaborators. The Aggie Family and academic community is like no other institution.

What is your favorite conference to go to? And why?

Gordon Research Conference: Biology of Spirochetes is my favorite conference. My bacteria of choice is a spirochete and they are quite different in almost every way from other bacterial pathogens.  This conference presents the most up-to-date research in the field.  I am also able to spend time with good friends I have made during my 20 years of working on B. burgdorferi. The location is great. We usually meet in Ventura, CA about 2 blocks from the beach.

Fun Facts:

When I am not in the lab, I am…

I am hanging out with my husband, teenage daughter, and 6 year old son.  I also enjoy working out regularly and prefer lifting weights.  Cardio is a necessary evil.

My favorite restaurant in College Station is?

40 Tempura.  My husband is not a fan sushi, but he offers to take me often.

What is the most gratifying aspect about mentoring graduate students?

I enjoy helping students see and fulfill their potential. It is incredibly gratifying to aid graduate students accomplish their dreams and grow into a person they could not image at the beginning of their training.