Research

biomed research

Department faculty members are internationally recognized experts in their respective areas of study. They pursue investigator-initiated studies on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease.

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Collaborative Research

The interdisciplinary nature of our department strengthens team-based research and promotes integrated teaching. Students and postdoctoral fellows on the Duluth campus have close proximity to faculty, providing rapid access to research opportunities. This research happens in research labs, in the community, and in collaboration with investigators from other disciplines at the University of Minnesota and beyond.

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Faculty Research

Researchers in Biomedical Sciences explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease, with a focus on health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities.

The diverse range of basic and translational research areas include Cancer Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Environmental Health, Infectious Disease and Immunology, Medical Education, as well as Neuroscience.

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Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research

The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research is a collaborative research endeavor established between the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus and St. Luke’s Hospital to collaborate on patient-oriented clinical research with a special emphasis in the areas of cancer, lung and heart disease.

Research Labs

The evolving research emphasis of the department will focus on health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities.

They also carry out collaborative research with investigators in the College of Science and Engineering and College of Pharmacy on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and in the colleges and schools of the Academic Health Center on the Twin Cities campus, as well as with numerous national and international scientists.

Explore our world-class laboratories below and see how our researchers are making an impact. Check each lab to see current studies.

Cancer Biology

  • Dr. Lynne Bemis
  • Dr. Robert Cormier
  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Lester Drewes
  • Dr. Jon Holy
  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Teresa Rose-Hellekant
  • Dr. Patricia Scott
  • Dr. Aubie Shaw
  • Dr. Glenn Simmons
  • Dr. Andrew Skildum
  • Dr. Matthew Slattery
  • Dr. Kendall Wallace

Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Dr. Lynne Bemis
  • Dr. Robert Cormier
  • Dr. Pedro Fernandez-Funez
  • Dr. Sara Zimmer

Environmental Health

  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Jean Regal
  • Dr. Matthew Slattery
  • Dr. Kendall Wallace

Infectious Disease and Immunology

  • Dr. Benjamin Clarke
  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Jean Regal
  • Dr. Sara Zimmer

Medical Education

  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Robin Michaels
  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Arlen Severson
  • Dr. Anna Wirta

Neuroscience

  • Dr. Ruifeng Cao
  • Dr. Pedro Fernandez-Funez
  • Dr. Janet Fitzakerley
  • Dr. Goran Hellekant
  • Dr. George Trachte
  • Dr. Yi-Mei (Amy) Yang