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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.

CBSelfie with Kassra Taghizadeh

CBS senior combines passion for science and theater through coursework and extracurriculars, slowly discovering how the seemingly disparate studies intertwine.

Kassra stands in a denim shirt

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Theatre Arts

CBSelfie with Molly Tillmann

Molly Tillmann, a Ph.D. student in Plant and Microbial Biology, first got her start in ecology interning at Cedar Creek for two summers as an undergraduate student. In her graduate work, she studies how plants can develop roots from aboveground organs.

Molly TIllman poses in the lab

CBSelfie with Issraa Hussein

After graduating in December, this recent alum reflects on her summer in Istanbul and time in CBS.

Issraa Hussein

Hometown: Jerusalem, Palestine

Majors: Biology, Spanish Studies 

CBSelfie with Simran Chugani

This past summer the sophomore traveled alone for first time in her life all the way to Cape Town, South Africa for a summer internship, bridging her interests in public health and communication. 

Simran Chugani

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Communications

Facilitating fitness

After her research showed barriers to participation for Somali women, CBS student Fahima Osman successfully campaigned for women-only workout spaces on campus.

Fahima Osman outside RecWell

CBSelfie with Joshua Havill

A third year PhD student in Plant and Microbial Biology, Joshua Havill is trying to save hops… and thus beer. He started studying hop powdery mildew, a poorly-understood disease that plagues hop growers, as an undergraduate transfer student. 

Joshua Havill 

Lab: Muehlbauer Lab

Entered Program: Summer 2017

CBSelfie with Erica Ellingson

CBS senior with a family history in CBS (two older sisters also completed undergraduate degrees here) paves her path through research, service and coursework.

Erica Ellingson

Year: Senior

Hometown: Willmar, MN

Major: Cellular and Organismal Physiology