Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta is an associate professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University in 2005. She joined the Department of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Miglietta’s research focuses on genetics, evolution, and systematics of Cnidaria, with emphasis on the immortal medusa Turritoposis dohrnii. She teaches Genetics to undergraduates. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, she teaches summer courses on the biology of Cnidaria at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Dr. Miglietta has written 29 peer-reviewed journal articles and her research has been featured on several national and international media outlets (BBC, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine). For a list of publication see Dr. Miglietta google scholar page or her website.