UNT-HHMI Program Overview | UNT-HHMI Science Education Programs

UNT-HHMI Program Overview

Through grants to UNT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of North Texas developed several programs to provide research opportunities to undergraduate Biology and Biochemistry majors and provide transfer students with the tools necessary to transition to university-level science successfully. [ Note: Please be aware that the Classroom-based Research Laboratory (CRL) courses and PHAGES program are actively accepting applications at this time for Fall 2019. See links in page header.]

Classroom-based Research Laboratory (CRL) Courses- These laboratory courses count for upper-division laboratory credit and provide students with an opportunity to conduct faculty-mentored research.

Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES)-The PHAGES program provides a year-long research experience for freshmen. Participants isolate bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) from a soil sample of their choosing, characterize their phage isolate, and perform genetic analysis on the genome sequence of one or more of these phage. Biology and biochemistry majors receive credit that can be used to satisfy a portion of their Natural Sciences and Discovery core curriculum requirements.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Email: UNT-HHMI@unt.edu

Office: Life Sciences A223

Program Director: Dr. Lee Hughes

Email: lhughes@unt.edu

Phone: (940) 565-4137

Ofice: Life Sciences A223

Mailing Address:


c/o Dr. Lee Hughes

UNT Department of Biological Sciences

1155 Union circle #305220

Denton, TX 76203-5017