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Drs. Ruhland and Secott Publish Paper

Drs. Ruhland and Secott recently published an article with undergraduate authors Amanda Remund and Celsey Tiry.

Dr. Sharlin Publishes Paper in Nature's Scientific Reports

A paper by Dr. Sharlin and his collaborators recently had a paper published in Nature's Scientific Reports

Professor Emeritus Dr. Wrigley Publishes Paper

Congratulations to former graduate student Kim Penning and Professor Emeritus Dorothy M. Wrigley for their recent publication "Aged Eisenia fetida earthworms exhibit decreased reproductive success" published in Invertebrate Reproduction and Development.


Apply for the RISEbio Program

The Research Immersive Scholastic Experience in Biology (RISEbio) program is a unique scholarship and support program available to incoming first year students who demonstrate academic potential and financial need. RISEbio is for those students who are enthusiastic about biology and science, are interested in gaining research experience, and want to be part of this distinctive model for science education.


Undergraduate Student Presents at National Meeting

Caitlin Foley presented her research on the effect of exercise on neurogenesis and BDNF expression in the green anole lizard brain at the 47th meeting of the Society for Neuroscience held in Washington DC.

Drs. Sharlin and Bentley Awarded $575,000 NSF MRI Grant

Drs. Sharlin and Bentley awarded $575,000 NSF MRI Grant to acquire a state-of-the-art laser scanning confocal microscope.

Undergraduate Students Present at Midbrains

Students in Dr. Cohen's and Dr. Sharlin's lab recently presented their research projects at Midbrains host on the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul.

Graduate Students Present at National Meeting

Graduate students Erin Moseman and Desirea Olson (Ruhland lab) presented their research at the 2017 Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Ruhland and Undergrad Megan Eatwell Publish Paper

Dr. Chris Ruhland authored a paper with Meagan Eatwell, an undergraduate student (now alumni) in the journal Theoretical and Experimental Plant Physiology.


Graduate Student Presents at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society

Cari Graber from Dr. Sharlin's lab presented her thesis research at the Annual meeting of the Endocrine Society


Two Biological Sciences Students Selected for Posters on the Hill

Katie Rubitschung and Desirea Thole were selected for Posters on the Hill in Washington, DC sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research

Dr. Cohen's Lab Presents at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Two students from Dr. Cohen's Lab recently presented at the Society for Neuroscience 46th Annual Meeting in San Diego, Ca.

Biology Faculty and Students Attend Midbrains Conference

Biology Faculty, Drs. Cohen, Goellner, and Sharlin, and their undergraduate research students attended the Midbrains Conference at University of St Thomas in St. Paul.


Before The Flood Movie Screening

Free screening of the new documentary Before The Flood hosted by the Zoology Club.


Biology Departments Supports STEM for Girls

The Biology Department was highlighted in the Mankato Fee Press's article on the CSET and MNCME sponsored Girls Explore STEM Day.

Dr. Mercurio's Toxicology Textbook Hits the Shelves

Dr. Mercurio's textbook, Understanding Toxicology: A Biological Approach, was released in August.

New Assistant Professor

New faculty member joins department

Plant Biologist Joins Faculty

Ph.D. to teach General Biology II and Flora of Minnesota

Dr. Cohen's Research Featured on KEYC TV

Our local TV news Channel, KEYC, featured Dr. Cohen's recent manuscript.

Dr. Cook Publishes in Plant Ecology

Congratulations to Dr. Cook who recently published a paper in Plant Ecology on allelochemicals in plant invasions.

Dr. Ruhland publishes paper on biofuels

Biology-alumni Adam Warnke and Christopher Ruhland published the following paper as part of the Department of Energy grant “Alfalfa variety selection for maximum fiber content, protein and nitrogen fixation

Dr. Cohen Publishes Paper on Neurogenesis

Dr. Cohen recently published a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience, titled “Adult neurogenesis leads to the functional reconstruction of a telencephlic neural circuit.”

Dr. Secott Publishes Paper

Congratulations to Dr. Secott who recently had a paper published in the journal Microbiology Research

Dr. Sharlin Receives Thyroid Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Sharlin who recently received a 2 year, $50,000 grant from the American Thyroid Association to study thyroid hormone and brain development.

Professor Bentley Publishes Paper on Schlemnn's Canal

Hot off the press - Professor Bentley publishes a paper in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS)

Biology Students Compete in the Mayo IMPACT Competition

Two groups of Biology students recently participated the Mayo Clinics IMPACT competition.

Biology Students Present at Posters at St. Paul

Several biology undergraduate students recently presented their research projects at Poster at St. Paul.

Dr. Allison Land Talks About Zika Virus.

Dr. Allison Land recently talked with Ahren Backman from the Mankato Hub about Zika virus.

Graduate Student Research Featured on KEYC TV

Department of Biological Sciences graduate student, Alica Freeman, was recently in the news with her study monitoring elk populations in Minnesota with the MNDNR.

Students Present Research at International Meeting

Two undergraduate students from Dr. Rachel Cohen's lab presented their research on how steroid hormones, specifically testosterone, impact the morphology and addition of new neurons into the brain of the green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis)

Research Study of Biology MS Alumnus Gains National Attention

Jason Nolan, a MNSU Biology MS Alumnus and current PhD student at the University of Nebraska, was the lead author on study that has caught national media attention.

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