Dr. Bemis in lab with two studentsDepartment of Biomedical Sciences in Duluth is a community of faculty, students, and staff who are committed to providing an enriching and supportive environment to pursue excellence in medical, graduate and undergraduate education and generate new knowledge through research.                                       

As an academic department at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus, we are part of a more than 40-year tradition of training rural family medicine physicians and Native American physicians.

Learn in a small-campus environment with big opportunities 

Dr. Slattery with Dr. Lacher in the labStudents in our department enjoy the benefits of being part of a top-notch medical school, with the personal attention of a smaller school environment. After completing two years of preclinical studies at the Duluth campus, medical students go on to complete clinical clerkships in Duluth, Minneapolis, or St. Paul.

Educational opportunities in the Department of Biomedical Sciences include undergraduate, MS, and Ph.D. laboratory training opportunities, as well as courses in biomedical sciences.

Discover knowledge through research, and put it to work

where it matters students in lab

Students and postdoctoral fellows on the Duluth campus have close proximity to faculty, providing rapid access to research opportunities. 
Researchers in the Department of Biomedical Sciences explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease, with a focus on health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities.

Our research in basic and translational science covers topics such as breast cancer metabolism, blood-brain barrier biology, and asthma. This research happens in research labs, in the community, and in collaboration with investigators from other disciplines at the University of Minnesota and beyond.

Dr. Regal working in labProvide healthcare to rural Minnesota and American Indian communities 

Through community-based programs, students on the Duluth campus get to know physicians from Duluth and rural Minnesota. We educate physicians dedicated to family medicine, as shown by what our alumni go on to practice: Nearly half of Medical School Duluth alumni are family medicine physicians practicing in rural communities of 30,000 population or less. Our campus ranks second in the United States in educating Native American medical students with more than 170 graduates.