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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 Alex Rich

Alex advocates for students’ mental health and serves on the CBS Student Board and Boynton’s de-stress program. 

Alex Rich standing on the stone arch bridge in the winter

Hometown: Normal, IL

Major: Neuroscience

Minors: Health Psychology, Behavioral Biology

Year: Senior

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