Lisa Ellis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology


  • PhD in Biology, Texas A&M University
  • BS with Honors in Biology, Summa Cum Laude, Sam Houston State University


Courses Taught

  • Introductory Biology
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • Senior Seminar: Research
  • Integrating Biological Concepts (Capstone)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Freshman Year Seminar

Teaching Focus

Dr. Ellis’ areas of interest span the breadth of the biology department and include courses for majors and non-majors. She particularly enjoys introducing freshmen to the various aspects of biology and honing the critical thinking skills of upperclassmen.


Dr. Ellis’ research focus is on genetic and environmental effects on Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) development and behavior. She has published research articles in several journals including Genetics and Development. Her article in Genetics was selected for a EurekAlert! press release. She is currently completing several manuscripts including one for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Genetics Society of America, Texas Genetics Society, and Human Anatomy & Physiology Society.

Awards and Honors

Beta Beta Beta won 2nd place in Chapter History at the 2015 Regional Convention. Dr. Ellis was awarded the Biology Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in 2010. She also won an outstanding graduate student poster presentation award in 2009 from the Texas Genetics Society.

Dr. Ellis has previously held academic and research positions. She taught Introductory Biology I at Blinn College (Bryan, TX), and Insect Physiology as well as Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX). She was also a postdoctoral research fellow and research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M.

Additional Information

Dr. Ellis co-sponsors the Biology Club and the biology honor society of which she is also a member, Beta Beta Beta. She manages the Department of Biology’s Instagram account (@hbubiology). Dr. Ellis also serves as the College of Science and Mathematics representative on the First Year Focus Faculty Committee.

Active in her home church of Monument Baptist Church (Deer Park, TX) she has taught various Sunday school classes and sponsored youth mission trips, camps, and clubs. She also enjoys writing poetry, playing sports and watching college and professional sporting events.

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