Dr. Datta at Texas A&MDr. Datta is the Executive Director for LAUNCH and the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies.Dr. Datta joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and the Department of Biology in 1993 where she currently holds the rank of Professor. As a faculty member at TAMU she has studied stem cells, brain development and prostate cancer progression, including almost 50 undergraduates in her research programs. In 2008 she moved into administration as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research. In 2010 she added the position of Executive Director of Honors, merging it with the Office of Undergraduate Research to create Honors and Undergraduate Research. In 2015 responsibility for Learning Communities was added and the unit became known as LAUNCH. She was an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow in 2013 and was involved with the ADVANCE Center for five years. Under her leadership, Honors and Undergraduate Research/LAUNCH has revitalized the University Honors Program, expanded capstone offerings, and increased the visibility of undergraduate research on campus.