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Penny Riggs

Riggs, Penny
Penny Riggs
Associate Professor, Functional Genomics
Room 432 Kleberg
Undergraduate Education
B.S. in Biology, Purdue University
Graduate Education
M.S. in Cytogenetics, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, Texas A&M University
Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 2020
Texas Genetics Society Distinguished Service Award, 2017
George W. Kunze Award for Meritorious Service to the Graduate and Professional Council and the Graduate Student Body, 2016
New Advisor of the Year Award, TAMU Division of Student Activities, 2016
Sigma Xi Outstanding Science Communicator (Texas A&M Chapter), 2015
Faculty Award of Merit for Research from the Texas A&M chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, 2013
Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Team Research as a member of the McGregor Bovine Genomics Team, 2010

Dr. Penny Riggs serves as Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University and is an Associate Professor of Functional Genomics in the Department of Animal Science. She is an adjunct member of the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in cytogenetics from Purdue University. She first joined Texas A&M as a Regents Graduate Fellow and earned a doctorate in molecular genetics from Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics. She conducted postdoctoral work in radiation biophysics as a Texas Aerospace Fellow at the University of Houston and the NASA Johnson Space Center. She then held postdoctoral and research faculty appointments in carcinogenesis at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Science Park – Research Division, where she also directed functional genomics and bioinformatics core services for its NIEHS Center for Research on Environmental Disease.

Her research focuses on analysis of gene, RNA and protein expression, function and signaling relevant to the inheritance of production traits and disease susceptibility in beef cattle and other food animals. Current emphasis is in on genomic characterization of skeletal muscle traits, including meat quality.

Dr Riggs is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the American Society of Animal Science. Other professional memberships include the American Association for Cancer Research, American Genetic Association, American Meat Science Association, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi, and the Texas Genetics Society. She has chaired the Council of Principal Investigators at Texas A&M and was the founding Chair of the Research Development Fund Advisory Committee.  She also served as founding director of the Whole Systems Genomics multidisciplinary research initiative that is now known as the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society. During 2018-2019, She served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.