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

biomedical research


Neuroscientists in the Biomedical Sciences department investigate the fundamental causes of neurological disorders such as autism, Alzheimer's disease, circadian rhythm disorders and vascular dementia, through the use of techniques that range from genetics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics, to electrophysiology and behavior analysis.

biomed faculty research

Native American and Minority Programs

Programs are focused on the training of Native Americans and minorities into research and health professional careers. Programs work with students over the continuum of their education from K-12 through postgraduate training.

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Multidisciplinary Research

Faculty are engaged in a wide variety of biomedical research including cancer biology, genetics, parasites, Lyme disease, developmental origins of immune and cardiovascular disease using multidisciplinary approaches ranging from molecular biology to physiology and genomics. The breadth of expertise is key to strong collaborative projects with teams of investigators that cross campuses and colleges.

biomedical education

Educational Innovation

Educational scholars in the Department of Biomedical Sciences are at the forefront of active learning and educational assessment, developing innovative methods for the education of medical students. Mission-oriented curricular development is a high priority and is tailored to training rural family practice physicians and a diverse health professional workforce for Minnesota.

Research Labs

Research in Biomedical Sciences emphasizes Neuroscience and health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities. In addition, a wide variety of multidisciplinary research is being conducted from cancer biology to the biology of parasites, with ample opportunities for collaboration across disciplines. We collaborate with investigators in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and College of Pharmacy in Duluth as well as colleagues in colleges and schools of the University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities Campus.

Top-Notch Research Facilities

The Department of Biomedical Sciences has three floors of laboratories and office space with animal care facilities, BSL2 cell culture facilities, Drosophila lab and major core equipment available for shared usage. This core equipment includes laser scanning confocal scope, cell sorter, flow cytometer, ultracentrifuges, HypOxygen cell culture system, Seahorse XF96 analyzer, Phosphorimager, Licor Odyssey imager, and standard molecular biology facilities and equipment. Laboratory facilities in the College of Pharmacy Duluth and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering complement and add to the available resources. In addition, faculty have complete access to core facilities on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota including genomics and next-generation sequencing, proteomics, data storage/processing and bioinformatics, microscopy, flow cytometry, and viral vector cloning services, as well as the complete collection and services of the Health Science Library of the University of Minnesota.


Visit our Neuroscience North page to learn more about our new program bringing together collaborators from across the Northland. 

Dr. Ruifeng Cao 

Dr. Lester Drewes

Dr. Pedro Fernandez-Funez

Dr. Janet Fitzakerley

Dr. Matthew Slattery

Dr. Yi-Mei (Amy) Yang

Multidisciplinary Research