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:
- blood brain barrier biology
- copper biology
- mechanisms of mitochondrial toxicity
- breast cancer metabolism
- colorectal cancer genetics
- sensory and respiratory neurophysiology
- breast cancer endocrinology
- cardiovascular, renal, exercise and behavioral physiology
- temperature regulation
- extracellular microRNAs in disease
- parasitic infectious diseases
- Parkinsonian disorders
- circadian rhythms and sleep
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.