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Faculty in the College of Biological Sciences conduct research on a broad range of subjects, from molecules to ecosystems, and make discoveries that improve human health, restore the environment, provide new sources of renewable energy and enhance agriculture. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about CBS faculty.

The Story Behind the Scientist with Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang

Feng Zhang was born and raised in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China’s most populous province. Both math and science came easily to him, so he set his academic sights on genetics, a natural marriage of two passions that would allow him to “solve real problems in the real world.”

Highly Cited: Turning Thoughts on Aging and Mortality on End

Evolutionary biologist James Curtsinger’s finding about mortality rates continues to influence research on mortality and population heterogeneity.

James Curtsinger

Editor’s note: In this new series we’ll showcase highly cited research by College of Biological Sciences faculty.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- September 2018

I work with many incredibly talented faculty and staff to set a course for the college. It’s one of the things I love most about my job. This job comes with great responsibility, and I feel a particular obligation to ensure that we always act with integrity and transparency to achieve our mission.

Kids and cholesterol

A new study aims to boost screening and improve outcomes for children with a genetic form of high cholesterol and their families.

It may come as a surprise, but one in 250 kids has a genetic form of high cholesterol. It may come as less of a surprise that many of them go undiagnosed. Catching the condition early is key.

Sleep can wait - and wait - with some fish

Suzanne McGaugh and colleagues embarked on an NIH-funded study to search for genes that regulate sleep and feeding in blind cave fish.

Cave fish

Sleeping and eating are linked in many species and often there’s a tradeoff between the two activities.

A Q&A with Peter Tiffin

New head of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology shares his perspective on PMB’s past, present and future.

Peter Tiffin

Longtime faculty member Peter Tiffin recently stepped into a new role as department head for Plant and Microbial Biology.

Chen Receives NSF Early-Career Award

BMBB faculty member uses innovative approach to proteomics to study cellular signaling pathway.

Yue Chen

Yue Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Development, received an

Seeking Soybean-Friendly Fungi

Kathryn Bushley and Thomas Kim look toward fungi as potential answer for destructive nematodes.

Soybeans in a field

Summer in Minnesota: a time for boating on the lakes, spending time outdoors, enjoying the extra daylight and a key time for growing crops. For many soybean farmers, however, a certain parasitic roundworm can potentially wreak havoc on their harvest.