Meet our Faculty & Staff

Meet our faculty 

Faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Sciences span the disciplines of anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and toxicology.

Faculty enjoy the benefits of working with collaborators and utilizing resources on both the Duluth and Twin Cities medical school campuses as well as within the Academic Health Center.  Faculty in Biomedical Sciences successfully mesh their research focus with teaching basic sciences concepts critical to successful medical student performance during the first two years of academic pursuit of an MD degree.


Meet our research staff 

Research efforts within the department are supported by a broad array of scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.  Lab interests are varied but there are shared resources and equipment throughout the department and the school. Research staff are a highly valued part of the Biomedical Sciences Department.


Meet our administrative staff 

Administrative staff support teaching, research and service efforts throughout all areas and activities in the department.  Administrative staff are integral to the success of the department and play an important role in all that is accomplished. Department staff hold a wide range of expertise including accounting, technology, educational programming, purchasing, communications, management, and many other valuable skills.


Hyaline image by Dr. Stephen Downing

HistoArt by Dr. Stephen Downing and Miranda Pollock

“Dissension”- Hyaline Cartilage

Hyaline cartilage is a specialized connective tissue that is found in various parts of the body. It helps support the trachea and bronchi that lead to the lungs. It is also found in early stages of long bone formation (e.g., bones of the arms and legs). It forms part of a structure called the epiphyseal plate that permits our bones to grow during our youth. It is also found on the surfaces of all articulating bones and as such provides a relatively friction-free surface for adjoining bones to rub against. Damage to articular cartilages can hinder our mobility.