Dr. John Gold joined Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi in January of 2014 as an Endowed Chair in Genomics and Biodiversity at the Harte Research Institute.  Previously, he was Regents Professor and Cintron Endowed Professor at Texas A&M University in College Station where he had been on the faculty since arriving in College Station in 1975.  He jointly runs the Marine Genomics Laboratory along with Dr. David Portnoy.  Dr. Gold’s research interests have been varied but since leaving the Drosophila laboratory in 1973 his research has involved genetics of both freshwater and marine fishes and ranged from cytogenetics to systematics and phylogenetics to quantitative genetics (briefly) to population genetics and molecular ecology.  His work over the past 25 years primarily has involved exploited marine fishes along with a few studies of threatened/endangered cyprinid fishes.  Dr. Gold also spent time as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and while at TAMU-College Station was Chair of the Genetics Program and Director of the Center for Biosystematics and Biodiversity.

Dr. Gold received a B.S. degree in Biology in 1968 from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and a Ph.D. degree in 1973 from the University of California in Davis (UCD).  Between 1973 and 1975 he was a postdoctoral scholar at UCD and it was then that he made the switch from Drosophila to fish.