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Student Profile

Here you will find a collection of profiles featuring the amazing students who make up the College of Biological Sciences.

Meet Michael Lopresti

Michael Lopresti

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor:  Doug Mashek

Where did you get your undergraduate degree?
University of Maryland - Baltimore County

What does your research focus on?
Autophagic breakdown of lipid droplets and general lipid metabolism

Meet Amber St. Martin

Amber St. Martin

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Faculty advisor: Reuben Harris

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
St. Thomas University, Biochemistry

What does your research focus on?
Genome engineering

Meet Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson


Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisors: Eric Hendrickson & Jakub Tolar

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
Purdue University, Genetics

Meet Ambuj Upadhyay

Ambuj Upadhyay

Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

Faculty advisor: Michael O’Connor

Where did you get your undergraduate degree and what was your major?  
University of Florida, Zoology

Nagel Named Goldwater Scholar

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior junior Anna Nagel talks evolutionary theory, her high-flying hobby and how it felt to be named a Goldwater Scholar

Anna Nagel
What led you to choose Ecology, Evolution and Behavior as your major?

CBSelfie with Conor Nath

Biochemistry senior Conor Nath is a co-founder of UMN's peer-driven suicide prevention program, The Bandana Project.Conor Nath

Who are you?
Conor Nath; senior

Hometown?
Stillwater, MN

What is your major?
Biochemistry

CBSelfie with Destiny Weaver

Neuroscience major Destiny Weaver shares how getting involved on campus has allowed her to promote diversity in STEM fields

Destiny Weaver

Who are you?
Destiny Weaver; sophomore

Hometown?
Brooklyn Park, MN

Putting Down Roots

Jesse Abelson and classmates combat malnutrition in Haiti by turning bunchgrass into a cash crop

Vetiver plant

Even back on campus, Jesse Abelson’s memories of being a volunteer emergency medical technician in Haiti never strayed far from his mind.