MBS Director of Graduate Studies

Janet SchottelJanet Schottel is a professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics. As Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Schottel works with the advisers and staff to oversee program development and student progress. She also teaches a section of the biochemistry course (BIOC 6021) that is a required component of the MBS curriculum, as well as the graduate seminar series (APS 8110) required of all Plan C MBS students. Prof. Schottel received her Ph.D. in Biology from Washington University and completed her postdoctoral training in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Stanford University. Current research in Prof. Schottel’s laboratory focuses on developing microbial-based cancer therapies and studying bacterial stress responses.

"The MBS program offers a unique opportunity for students to receive advanced training in the biological sciences that is custom-tailored to their interests."

MBS Graduate Faculty

More than 100 bioscience faculty at the University of Minnesota are currently members of the MBS graduate faculty. These faculty are drawn from colleges and units across the Twin Cities Campus, including:

College of Biological Sciences

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior – Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics – Genetics, Cell Biology and Development – Biotechnology Institute – Biology Teaching and Learning – Plant Biology

Health Sciences 

Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology – Neuroscience – Pharmacology – Center for Bioethics – Integrative Biology & Physiology – School of Public Health – Medical School – Dental School – College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource 

Food Science and Nutrition – Conservation Biology – Fisheries and Wildlife – Entomology – Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering – Soil, Water and Climate

As an MBS student, you may consider all bioscience faculty at the University of Minnesota as potential faculty mentors; your first step to making a connection is to meet with an MBS academic adviser to discuss your interests and goals.