Mona S. Hochman

Lab Manager - Seafood Safety Lab
Department of Marine Biology

Mona S. Hochman

Phone: +1 (409) 740.4774 (Lab); +1 (409) 740.4764 (Office)
Fax: +1 (409) 740.5001

Ocean & Coastal Studies Bldg., Lab 332; Office 241


Learn more about Mona S. Hochman

Get To Know Mona S. Hochman

What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

Growing up in Iowa, I didn't have much interaction with the ocean. After a few trips to the Outer Banks (NC) during my high school years, I was intrigued by the ocean and the organisms in it, and decided to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. Only after working in the TAMUG microbiology lab during my undergraduate years did I come to appreciate the smallest inhabitants of the coastal environment: bacteria.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I hope that students will gain an appreciation for microbiology, and find that a combination of field work and laboratory work can be truly fascinating. The subject of microbiology can be applied toward so many different types of careers.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

The most important things in my personal life are my two daughters, all the dogs (and 1 cat) I've rescued through my adult life, and living a beautiful life along the Gulf of Mexico.


M.S. Environmental Sciences-Fisheries Ecology, University of Maryland, 2000
B.S. Marine Fisheries/Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 1994

Courses Taught

BIOL 111: Introductory Biology I

BIOL 351: Fundamentals of Microbiology - Lab Course

MARB 485: Directed Studies

MARB 491: Research in Marine Biology; Research Credits in the Seafood Safety Lab

Awards & Recognition
2014: CEO Meritorious Service Award for Classroom Teaching; Texas A&M University at Galveston