As Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Burghardt is responsible for advancing research missions, supporting the graduate degree program. For over 30 years he has served as director of the CVM Image Analysis Laboratory he provides scientific and administrative leadership for the development of analytical microscopy technologies, applications development and training for shared microscopy resources that support Texas A&M University academic investigators, their trainees and external users from academia, industry, state and government agencies. The laboratory provides state-of-the-art microscopy technologies for research and graduate education in the life sciences. Emphasis is placed on integration of advances in analytical cellular imaging and fluorescence probe technologies to provide some of the most sensitive approaches for molecular analysis of cellular and tissue function. Burghardt’s research interests that encompass fields of cellular biology, reproductive biology and toxicology focused on cellular signaling and signal transduction. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, graduate degrees at Wayne State University and postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School.