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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.

Minding the Gap

Taking an evidence-based approach to making STEM more inclusive.

Sehoya Cotner, Cissy Ballen and undergraduates

Women make up about 60 percent of biology undergraduates in the United States, but only 36 percent of assistant professors and 18 percent of full professors.

Checking In With Dean Forbes | Summer 2017

A regular Q&A With College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.


What are you most excited about at the moment?

Last month, I announced the appointment of Jonathan Schilling as the next director of our Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Jonathan starts in January 2018. I am looking forward to the exciting developments to come as Jonathan and his team expand research opportunities, continue to evolve field biology education programming and increase engagement with the surrounding community.

Checking in With Dean Forbes | June 2017

A monthly Q&A With College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.


What are you most excited about at the moment?

There’s lots of good news to share. The CBS Conservatory will receive $4.4 million in public funding toward a new facility. We still have private dollars to raise to cover our portion of the total cost, but this marks the beginning of a new era for this important teaching and research resource.

Two tenure-track positions in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Are you a creative investigator who excels at working collaboratively and pushing disciplinary boundaries in plant sciences?


Then we want to hear from you. The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN) is hiring two tenure-track assistant professor or associate professors in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.  New technologies and approaches provide unprecedented opportunities to link fundamental properties of plants at the molecular, cellular or tissue levels to phenotype.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- May 2017

A monthly Q&A With College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes.


What are you most excited about at the moment?

As we wrap up another academic year, I am extremely pleased by the unprecedented number of awards and honors received by our students, faculty and staff. Members of the CBS community were recognized for excellence in areas ranging from community engagement to achievements in research to outstanding service to the College and the University. In case you missed the many announcements, here’s a rundown:

2017 Bollum Symposium

Bollum Symposium

19th Annual Bollum Symposium | Versatile Functions of RNA in Biology and Disease

1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mayo Auditorium, Minneapolis Campus

No Registration Necessary

Sponsored by: Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, The Frederick James Bollum Endowed Research Fund for Biochemistry

March for Science

The CBS Student Board welcomes students, faculty, staff and supporters to the March for Science Minnesota on April 22, 2017. The Student Board will facilitate pre-march meet up points on the East Bank campus (for those who would like to travel together via light-rail to the march) and in St. Paul near the march starting point.