Research

Department faculty members are internationally recognized experts in their respective areas of study. They pursue investigator-initiated studies on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease. 

The diverse range of basic and translational research areas include:

Cancer Biology
  • Dr. Lynne Bemis
  • Dr. Robert Cormier
  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Lester Drewes
  • Dr. Jon Holy
  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Teresa Rose-Hellekant
  • Dr. Patricia Scott
  • Dr. Aubie Shaw
  • Dr. Glenn Simmons
  • Dr. Andrew Skildum
  • Dr. Matthew Slattery
  • Dr. Kendall Wallace
Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Dr. Lynne Bemis
  • Dr. Robert Cormier
  • Dr. Pedro Fernandez-Funez
  • Dr. Sara Zimmer
Environmental Health
  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Jean Regal
  • Dr. Matthew Slattery
  • Dr. Kendall Wallace 
 
 
 Infectious Disease and Immunology
  • Dr. Benjamin Clarke
  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Jean Regal
  • Dr. Sara Zimmer
Medical Education
  • Dr. Kevin Diebel
  • Dr. Robin Michaels
  • Dr. Kendra Nordgren
  • Dr. Arlen Severson
  • Dr. Anna Wirta
Neuroscience
  • Dr. Ruifeng Cao
  • Dr. Pedro Fernandez-Funez
  • Dr. Janet Fitzakerley
  • Dr. Goran Hellekant
  • Dr. George Trachte
  • Dr. Yi-Mei (Amy) Yang

The evolving research emphasis of the department will focus on health issues relevant to rural and Native American communities.

They also carry out collaborative research with investigators in the College of Science and Engineering and College of Pharmacy on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and in the colleges and schools of the Academic Health Center on the Twin Cities campus, as well as with numerous national and international scientists.

*Please visit individual faculty pages for more information on research labs. 

Epidermis image by Steve Downing

HistoArt by Dr. Stephen Downing

“Chimaera”-Integument

The integument (or skin) is the largest organ in the body. It has two layers: an outer epidermal layer and an inner (deeper) dermal layer. In this picture, the epidermal layer forms the bulk of the upper half of the image and the dermal layer forms the lower half of the image. The epidermis varies greatly in its thickness. In this particular area the epidermis is relatively thin, but on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, it can be much thicker. The deepest layer of the epidermis in this sample is heavily pigmented with melanin.