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 offers 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 to complete supported research experiences through UROP. The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program provides training for students from underrepresented groups.

Training opportunity
Are you a student who is interested in gaining experience in research at the Medical School, Duluth campus? Please fill out the appropriate Google Form link below and we will contact you to set up a meeting.

Interest in the Medical School Research for Undergraduate Students

Interest in the Medical School Research for Medical Students

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.

Detlef Heck

Department Head, Detlef Heck, 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.

Shannon Redbrook, research assistant and community outreach support for the Clarke lab, delivered a 20-minute presentation about ticks in our area to seventh-grade science classes at Cloquet Middle School. 

Anna Freed, TC Communications, connected with Dr.

In the News

The Medical School Honors and Awards Committee selected Sarah Lacher, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department, at the Medical School Duluth Campus, to receive the Year 1 & 2 Educational Innovation A