Bridges and Pathways

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree aims to increase the number of students in biomedical and behavioral science research, which can include the departments of biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, sociology and computer science. Our mission is to help students advance academically to pursue a baccalaureate degree and subsequently attain more advanced degrees. The program is a partnership between Lake Superior College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Pathways to Advanced Degrees in Life Sciences aims to increase the number of students graduating and working in the fields of biomedical and behavioral science research, which can include the departments of biology, chemistry, math, physics, psychology, sociology and computer science. Additionally, the program will assist you in advancing academically and in pursuing and attaining a graduate degree. The program will help you make the contacts needed to continue on to achieve your graduate degree and to meet research and faculty mentors.

Native American Mentoring Program

Increase opportunities for Biomedical Sciences faculty and students to support the focus of the Medical School on Native American Health by increasing opportunities for research-based collaboration. This may include but not limited to promoting science experiences for Native American graduate students. Pilot funding for Native American undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty within the Biomedical Sciences Department is also available. The objective is to expand the pool of current and future Native American scientists who may consider faculty or leadership positions in higher education or medical professions. This program is a viable way to demonstrate our commitment to Native communities in the state of MN. 

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Women's Mentoring Program

Regularly scheduled events address topics requested by women faculty in the Medical School and College of Pharmacy on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Social gatherings provide an opportunity for networking and sharing research endeavors and ideas. Learn more about the Women's Mentoring Program


  • Enable students to experience biomedical science research – including wet labs, data collection, analysis, hypotheses generation – to encourage consideration of careers related to science.
  • Provide excellent mentoring relationship for students to have a resource over time.
  • Support the mission of the school and CAIMH to focus on medical providers within the state of MN, specifically for AI/AN populations.




gallbladder image by Steve Downing

HistoArt by Dr. Stephen Downing and Miranda Pollock

“Impression”- Gallbladder

The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile produced by the liver. This concentrated bile, in turn, is released into the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) when fatty substances enter the duodenum from the stomach. The bile helps emulsify the fatty substances within the small intestine, enhancing their absorption through the intestinal lining. The epithelium of the inner lining of the gallbladder, visible in this image, is made up of tall columnar cells. These cells concentrate the bile by removing salts and water from the bile.