Dr. Vishal M. Gohil

B.Sc. (Biology and Chemistry) M. L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India

M.Sc. (Biochemistry), The M.S. University of Baroda, Baroda, India

Ph.D. (Genetics), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Postdoctoral work in Genomics and Bioenergetics at Massachusetts General Hospital,    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

“Our research is focused on understanding genetic basis of mitochondrial disease and developing therapeutic approaches to treat these rare genetic disorders. This goal is motivated by the fact that many genes required for building the mitochondrial energy generating machinery have not been identified or characterized, and mutations in these genes result in rare genetic disorders for which no therapy exists. We use integrative genomic approaches using multiple model systems including yeast, zebrafish, mouse and human cellular models to discover and characterize mitochondrial disease genes and develop therapeutic approaches.”

Research Specialties

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Medical Genetics- Human and Animal

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

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

I joined Texas A&M in January, 2012, so about 8.5 years ago

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

Excellent research infrastructure and dedicated students makes A&M a special place. The collaborative and collegial environment of the Genetics program allows for doing creative and impactful science.

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

International Copper Meeting, which is held every other year in Sorrento, Italy. I get to discuss science with experts from all over the world in a beautiful location with delicious food!

Fun Facts:

My favorite restaurant in College Station is?

First Watch for brunch and Veritas for dinner.

What is the most gratifying aspect about mentoring graduate students?

Seeing them achieve their goals and grow into mature, independent, and confident scientists.

Who is your famous role model? 

Mahatma Gandhi, I grew up in the same town in India where he was born and greatly enjoyed reading his autobiography – “The story of my experiments with truth”.

Do you have any pet peeves?  


Do you have any hidden talents?

I am good at sports, especially cricket!