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At the College of Biological Sciences we learn biology by doing biology, and our faculty are on the cutting edge of research and discovery in the field. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities concerning research at CBS.

CBSelfie with Adam Kostanecki

This to-be senior and Plant and Microbial Biology major has a passion for understanding the interplay between plants and their environment.

Adam Kostanecki

Your year and major?
I am a senior in CBS studying Plant and Microbial Biology.

2019 Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs Announced

Caitlin Looby and Amanda Gorton look to tackle big questions around carbon cycling and urban ragweed distribution.

The College of Biological Sciences recently announced a new cohort of the College’s Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program. Amanda Gorton and Caitlin Looby will join the College this summer to pursue research projects with faculty members from different departments across the University.

Get to Know Itasca's Lindsey Blake

Get to know Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories' Senior Lab Technician Lindsey Blake! If you visit, you may see her around the Station - be sure to say hello.
Lindsey Blake
When did you start working at Itasca? I started working at the Itasca Station in Spring of 2017 as the Senior Lab Technician.  

Itasca Director's Report - Spring 2019

Spring is springing - the dining bell is ringing. This is a special time of year in the north woods, concluding what many call ‘mud season’ but what I call the ‘spring frolic.’ This is when sandhill cranes headed to greener fields fly over trumpeter swans settling in for summer. Barred owls’ hoots are throaty and yearning.

Checking in With Dean Forbes -- April 2019

April is always an incredibly busy time for all as momentum builds toward the culminating event of the year, commencement. This year, I’m pleased to announce that Plant and Microbial Biology Professor George Weiblen will be our speaker. George has achieved so much as a scholar but also in the areas of conservation and community engagement. He will no doubt serve as an inspiration for our soon-to-be graduates.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Hunter Lab

The Hunter Lab (Department of Microbiology and Immunology) is looking for sophomore or junior undergraduate students interested in working on projects involving microbial genetics, proteomics, mouse infection models, primary cell culture, and anaerobic bacterial culture to study the microbial ecology of chronic respiratory disease.

While prior lab experience is a plus, it is by not required. Students who are accepted will gain skills in:

Back to the Start

Aaron Engelhart and Kate Adamala join NASA-funded team with the aim of finding the origins of life.

NASA

In pondering the big questions of life, few are bigger than, ‘Where did we come from?’ Aaron Engelhart and Kate Adamala are undaunted.

2019 Spring Science Fling

Hear lightning science talks about research being conducted at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve at the 2019 Cedar Creek Spring Science Fling on Friday, March 15. Faculty and researchers will share fast, five-minute talks on their latest findings at the University's field station in East Bethel, Minnesota. Stop by 335 Borlaug Hall on St. Paul campus between 2-5 p.m. on March 15 to learn more about research happening at Cedar Creek!

Cedar Creek Spring Science Fling