Years Training Rural & Native American Physicians & Researchers
Educational Programs
Total Annual Funding
Biomedical Research
Research Training

The Integrated Biosciences Program offers MS and PhD degrees in broader biological sciences. The Gateways to Medicine and Research MS Program is currently under development and expected to offer two MS tracks for students interested in medical school (1-year Plan B MS) and those interested in biomedical research (2- year Plan A MS). UMD undergraduate students will be able complete supported research experiences through UROP. The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program provides training for students from underrepresented groups.

biomed research

The multidisciplinary faculty in Biomedical Sciences explore the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms underlying human disease, with a focus on neuroscience and health issues relevant to rural, underserved, and Native American communities.

Biomedical Programs
Community Engagement

Faculty in Biomedical Sciences engage communities throughout the state by bringing neuroscience activities to grade school students in Brain Awareness Week, strengthening health and science education in Native American and African American communities in the Northland, and recruiting citizen scientists on behalf of Lyme Disease research.

Neuroscience North
Neuroscience North

The vision of Neuroscience North is to facilitate research collaborations in the Duluth Area, including the University of Minnesota and healthcare systems. Neuroscience North will provide the framework for the University of Minnesota as a leader in neuroscience-based training, health care initiatives, education and scholarly research.

Jean Regal

Department Head, Jean F. Regal, PhD

Our department supports the broader mission of the Duluth campus and the medical school with a focus on neuroscience, multidisciplinary research and health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities. We are committed to fostering excellence in research and the advancement of learning and knowledge through scholarship; to deliver the basic science curriculum for medical, graduate, and undergraduate students.

Dr. Sara Zimmer and Clara Smoniewski, a PhD candidate in Dr. Zimmer’s lab, participated in the Rustbelt RNA Meeting in Cleveland, OH on October 14-15th. Dr. Zimmer co-chaired the 300-person meeting that drew participants from all over the United States.


High blood pressure during pregnancy can result in increased risk for Type 2 diabetes in the offspring. To begin to understand the mechanism of this increased risk, the Regal lab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Alejandro lab in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology have recently published an exciting collaborative study in the journal Diabetes entitled: “Critical Role for Macrophages in the Developmental Programming of Pancreatic β-cell Area in Offspring of Hypertensive Pregnancies.”