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Researchers at the College of Biological Sciences

Researchers at the College of Biological Sciences engage in a wide array of study. From investigating the disease process of cancer, diabetes and HIV, to bioinformatics and gene therapy, computational modelling, aquatic ecology to biomimicry and microbial genomics, whatever your interest, CBS can support your postdoctoral pursuits.

Explore our faculty and postdoctoral directories to discover more about active research at the College of Biological Sciences.


The University of Minnesota is committed to using innovative tools and information technologies to create and promote collaboration across all academic disciplines and regardless of organizational affiliation or position. Experts@MN is a free resource for identifying expertise and potential collaborators at the University of Minnesota. Our scholars' profiles provided by this tool are generated primarily from Scopus©, a proprietary database, which focuses primarily on journals in the biological, medical, physical, social, and engineering sciences (the database also indexes journals in the arts & humanities, the majority of which start in 2002).

Institutes, Initiatives and Facilities

The College of Biological Sciences is home to a number of high-caliber research facilities, such as the CBS Conservatory, a greenhouse facility housing one of the largest and most diverse collections of rare and endangered plants, and the Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, which provides support, equipment and expertise for analyzing complex protein mixtures. CBS also helps support the BioTechnology Institute, a coordinated research institute in the biological, chemical and engineering aspects of biotechnology. BTI is home to the President's Initiative on Biocatalysis

Additionally, resources such as the Biological Theory Alliance (BioTA), Biophysical Technology Center, Minnesota Supercomputing InstituteInstitute on the Environment, among many others, are available to researchers at the University of Minnesota. 

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Field Stations

Research field stations are as close to the heart of the college's research mission as the most sophisticated molecular biology laboratory. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, one of the best-known sites in ecology research, is home to natural habitats representing the entire state. Research at Cedar Creek focuses on understanding the fundamental processes and principles that govern the dynamics and functioning of communities and ecosystems. Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, with its undisturbed coniferous forest, eastern deciduous forest and tall grass prairie ecosystems, is a pristine living laboratory. Itasca has long attracted students, educators and researchers interested in learning about and investigating how ecosystems work.