Featuring Dr. Shippen 2017-10-06T21:50:47+00:00

Dr. Dorothy Shippen

B.S. Biology, Auburn University, Montgomery

Ph.D. University of Alabama, Birmingham

Postdoc.  UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco



“My lab uses genetic, biochemical and genomic approaches in the model plant Arabidopsis to study telomeres and telomerase. Telomerase is a highly regulated enzyme required for both stem cell proliferation and carcinogenesis.  Because plants are much more tolerant to telomere dysfunction than mammals, we are able to uncover fundamental mechanisms that are important for telomere biology in all organisms”




Research Specialties

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics

Plant Genetics


What made you choose to join the A&M faculty?

My father got his PhD from Texas A&M when I was a child.  I had fond memories of the energy and friendly atmosphere of the campus.  When I went on the job market and saw an opening in the Biochemistry Department, I was excited to apply, and then gratified to find exceptionally bright faculty colleagues and outstanding graduate students.


How have your experiences in the Genetics graduate program shaped your thinking?  

I’ve been involved with the Genetics program for many years, as a PhD mentor for graduate students in the program and more recently as a member of the Executive Committee and now Chair.  The Genetics program is the premiere graduate program in life sciences at Texas A&M, with a tremendous breath of expertise, renowned faculty, and remarkably talented graduate students.  With a renewed commitment to scientific excellence and innovation in graduate education, the program has grown even stronger over the last few years.  The future is very bright!


Fun Facts:

  • When I am not in the lab, I am watching Aggie Football or Basketball.
  • My favorite restaurant in College Station is 40 Tempura.