Jen Moon

  • Professor of Instruction
  • Chair, Faculty Council 2022-2024
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Biology Instructional Office
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Contact Information

Room Number:2.104
Mailbox:2506 SPEEDWAY A5000 AUSTIN, TX 78712


Jennifer (Jen) Moon is a Professor of Instruction in the Biology Instructional Office and Department of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Natural Sciences, and the chair of Faculty Council (2023-2024).  She has a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Jen regularly teaches Advanced Introduction to Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology Lab, and an undergraduate teaching assistant (UGTA) training course called “Peer Mentoring in Biology.”  Jen has won several teaching awards such as the Regents Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, Natural Science Council Faculty Service Award, College of Natural Science Teaching Excellence Award and was recently inducted into the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Although teaching is her first passion, she is also highly involved in university service. Jen is a proud member of Faculty Council, the Distinguished Service Academy and the Provost’s Teaching Fellows. She also very much enjoys cross-campus collaborations. With theatre colleagues, Jen developed a professional development workshop series called Performance Training for Instructors, that incorporates arts-based pedagogy for science and engineering faculty.  Jen was also one of the hosts for the Provost’s Teaching Fellow’s podcast, The Other Side of Campus, which featured some of the faculty, students and staff that contribute so much to our university.


  • B.A., Grinnell College
  • Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington


  • J. Moon, L. Zhu, H. Shen, and E. Huq (2008) PIF1 directly and indirectly regulates chlorophyll biosynthesis to optimize the greening process in Arabidopsis Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (27): 9433

    J. Moon, Y. Zhao, X. Dai, W. Zhang, W. Gray, E. Huq, M. Estelle (2007) A new CUL1 allele shows altered response to hormones and light in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology, 143: 684

    H. Shen, J. Moon, E. Huq (2005) PIF1 is regulated by light-mediated degradation through the ubiquitin-26S proteasome pathway to optimize photomorphogenesis of seedlings in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 44 (5): 1023

    J. Moon, G. Parry, M. Estelle (2004) The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway and plant development. Plant Cell 16: 3181


  • Turnitin Americas Higher Ed Award (2022)
  • Clock Award (recognition by Services for Students with Disabilities) (2021)
  • Certificate in Effective Instruction. Association of College and University Educators
 ACUE (2021)
  • Distinguished Service Academy (2020)
  • President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2017)
  • Provost’s Teaching Fellow (2016-2018)
  • Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2015)
  • National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2015)
  • Natural Science Council Faculty Service Award (2012)
  • UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2023)