Jon Gottesman

Director, Medical School

Jon Gottesman

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-1181

Office Address:
742 Mayo Bldg

Administrative Assistant Name
Ms. Genne Fritts

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Director, Medical School

Ph.D., Physiological Psychology, University of Minnesota

B.A., Psychobiology, Oberlin College, 1974


Dr. Gottesman received his B.A. degree in psychobiology from Oberlin College. He did post baccalaureate research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota studying the neurophysiology of the retina.

Following postdoctoral training, Jon was on the faculty of the departments of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He served as a member of Minnesota's Graduate Program in Neuroscience where he continued research on the retina using neurophysiological, pharmacological and computational approaches. He taught courses in computational and visual neuroscience and was director of the retina module for the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Programs neuroscience course.

Dr. Gottesman directed the creation of a new course in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience titled, "Career Skills and Understanding Your Responsibilities as a Scientist", which serves to prepare students for their careers after graduate school.

Jon is the inaugural director of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education and Training (BGREAT) and also is co-director of the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) where he provides career development mentoring, GRE exam preparation and graduate school application preparation training.

Jon is active in assisting and advocating for undergraduate students who are considering graduate training. He is the faculty adviser for two graduate student organizations: The Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) and the local chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He has been an invited speaker and workshop presenter on the graduate school selection and application process at numerous colleges, universities and conferences. He welcomes your email

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