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News, features and events from the College of Biological Sciences


Works in Progress

Four years ago, the College launched a program designed to spark cross-disciplinary collaboration around biology-based, socially relevant problems. Here’s the story so far.

Grand challenges postdocs

Laying a Path to Policy

CBS alumna Katherine Himes hopes to inspire students to explore the possibilities at the intersection of science and policy.

Katherine Himes

Despite seeing few examples of careers to pursue outside of academia, healthcare or industry while in graduate school, Katherine Himes (B.S. Neuroscience, ’99; Ph.D. Neuroscience, ’07) decided to forge her own path.

Are gene-edited foods the future?

Plant scientist Dan Voytas leads the way using precision techniques to quickly improve traits in crops we depend on.

Dan VoytasLast year, Minneapolis-based Calyxt introduced a soybean oil without trans fats for commercial sale.

Call for nominations: 2020 CBS Alumni Awards

Know an outstanding alum? Nominate them for a CBS alumni award!

College of Biological Sciences graduates go on to do great things in healthcare, industry, education and many other fields. We think our grads deserve accolades for their efforts. CBS alumni, faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate.

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

Shedding new light on cavefish

Two new NSF grants allow Suzanne McGaugh and colleagues to gain more insight into how cavefish can alter behavior given changing conditions.

cave fish

Antisocial blind cavefish are drastically different from their social surface-dwelling counterparts. Despite distinct appearances and lifestyles, the fish are members of the same species. 

Checking in With Dean Forbes - February 2020

The College’s field stations are vital to our research, education and outreach mission. Faculty and staff at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories do incredible work. Two recent productions capture a bit of the magic of these unique places.