In October, FRI Freshman will have an opportunity to select their top 5 Research Streams in a process called Stream Sort, which will place them into a Research Group for Spring. This Fall, to give students a better feel for what each stream has to offer, most streams are holding Open House Hours, listed below.  These are times when you can "drop-in" to the location listed.  If you can't make any of the listed times, email the Research Educator to set up an appointment (click on the Research Educator's name to email). Some faculty, particularly those with smaller streams, prefer you simply email them to set up an appointment.  That is also indicated below.

A full list of Streams can be found HERE.

Open house hours will be held on the days and times below September 11 through 29, unless otherwise noted.

You may drop in during the times below; typically the lab tour takes about 30 minutes. If you arrive after the open house start time, the Research Educator may be part way through a discussion/tour. You are welcome to join, and stay during the rest of the open house hour to catch up and ask questions. (Exceptions to this are noted under "open house hours" below.)

Research Stream                 

Research Educator

Open House

Location & Notes


Dr. Gregory Palmer

T 3:30-4:30pm; W 2-3pm; F 4-5pm

BIO 406. Meet outside in the hallway.


Dr. Gwen Stovall

T 12-2pm;  F 11-12pm, 1-3pm

PAI 2.14. Meet outside in hallway.

Autonomous Robots

Dr. Justin Hart

W, F 4-5pm

 GDC 3.414

Big Data in Biology Dr. Dhivya Arasappan

T 1-2:30pm

 FNT 1.104

Bioactive Molecules

Dr. Elizabeth Ilardi

T, Th 12-1pm, 2-3pm

Welch 2.104. Tours informal, walk in to talk to RE, Mentors, & students.


Dr. Soo-Hyun Yang

W 2-3pm; Th 11am-12pm; F 2-3pm

NHB 1.310.  Meet outside in the hallway.

Biodiversity Dr. Susan Cameron Devitt Th 1-1:30pm, 3-3:30pm, F 1-1:30pm  PAT 120. Meet outside in hallway. For details about field trips, sign up here.


Dr. Brandon Campitelli

T 2:30-3:30pm;  F 10-11am

 PAT 624.  Two 30 min tours per hour.  Attend on the hour or the half hour. 


TA: Elise Worchel

W 3-4pm 

PAI 2.10, Meet outside in hallway

Bugs in Bugs Dr. Jo-anne Holley
W 2-3pm; F 10-11am NMS 4.216. Meet in hallway every 30 min.  The lab is at Brackenridge Field Lab, e-mail Jo Holley for information or join a Biodiversity tour to see the facility.  https://tinyurl.com/biodiversityFRI 

Computational Design

Dr. Cem Tutum

T 2-3 pm; W 11-12pm and 3-4pm

M in GDC 3.810, T & W in GDC 3.710B 

Discovering Signals

Dr. Greg Clark

F 1-2:30pm

BIO Rm 6 

DIY Diagnostic

Dr. Tim Riedel

T 12-12:30pm; W 2-2:30pm

PAI 2.10. Meet outside in the hallway.

Fish Behavior Dr. Mary Ramsey Th 4-5pm; F 4-5pm PAT 511. Meet outside in the hallway

Functional Genomics

Dr. Dia Bagchi

W 4-5pm; Th 9-10am; F 12-1pm

NMS 1.228

Gene Detectives Dr. Robin Gutell Contact RE directly.  For more information, request to join: UT Austin: FRI Gene Detectives

Gene Networks

Dr.  Al MacKrell

W 5-6pm; Th 3:30-4:30pm; F 3-4pm

BIO 406. Meet outside in the hallway. Please arrive at beginnning of hour. 

Genome Engineering Dr. Chris Yellman 

T, W, Th 1-2 pm

PAI 2.46


Dr. Lauren DePue

T, Th 12-2pm

Welch 2.104. Tours informal, walk in to talk to RE, Mentors, & students.

Magnetic Matter

Dr. Shirin Mozaffari & Gregorio Ponti

T 11-12pm

RLM 13.306

Microbe Hackers

Dr. Dennis Mishler

T, W 3pm, 4pm;
Thu 2pm

NHB 1.310. Meet outside in the hallway 

Nano Chemistry

Dr. Tony Dylla

Th 3pm; F 11am

Welch 2.102. Meet in hallway outside of lab. 

Plant Pathways

Dr. Tony Gonzalez

W 12-1:30pm; Th 10:30-12pm

 NMS 1.228

Practical Sensors Dr. Pedro Metola Contact RE directly.

NHB 1.310. Meet outside in the hallway.

Quantum Computing  Dr. Brian La Cour and Dr. James Troupe Contact RE directly. Welch 2.128

Supra Sensors

Dr. Diana Zamora-Olivares

W 10-12pm; T, Th 3-4pm

Welch 2.102. Meet in hallway outside of lab.


Dr. Mark Daniels

Contact RE directly.


Virtual Chemistry Dr. Juliana Duncan

W 10-11am & 2-3pm

Welch 2.128
Virtual Cures ARI/FRI Dr. Josh Beckham T, W 5pm PAI 2.14. Meet in hallway outside of lab.
White Dwarf Stars Dr. Michael Montgomery T 3pm; W 4pm RLM 15.202A