• Director, Research Development
Sharmila Pathikonda


  • Sharmila Pathikonda joined the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) research development group in November 2019. She brings a unique blend of significant experiences both as a scientist and as an administrator. Pathikonda received her doctorate in evolutionary and environmental biology (University of Louisiana), focusing on the application of mathematical models to study coastal species of the Gulf of Mexico. Later, she took a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University, developing hierarchical Bayesian statistical models to understand the effects of long- and short-term environmental disturbances. 

    Since 2012, she has worked at Texas A&M University in research and administrative positions. She served as a proposal administrator and then as a research development officer, first at Sponsored Research Services and then in the College of Education, respectively. Her more recent development activities involved reviewing project narratives, budget preparation and development of large multidisciplinary projects. She has experience working on grant proposals targeting various funding sources such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private foundations. Overall, she has over 12 years of experience in science research, administration and project development activities. She looks forward to working with TEES investigators and contributing to the success of the grant applications.