Faculty and Advising

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; Health Sciences; and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

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.

Director of Graduate Studies

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Janet Schottel

Janet is a professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics. As Director of Graduate Studies, she works with the advisers and staff to oversee program development and student progress. She completed her postdoctoral training in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Stanford University. Current research in her laboratory focuses on developing microbial-based cancer therapies and studying bacterial stress responses. She holds a PhD in Biology from Washington University.


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Brad Fruen

As an academic adviser for the MBS Program, Brad helps students design an individualized program of coursework and directed research that advances their professional goals. He also works with prospective students and enjoys connecting students to university experts, with an eye toward developing relationships that benefit students, faculty, and the local biotech industry. Brad holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience as a research biochemist and has coauthored over 30 scientific articles.

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Gina Quiram

As a lecturer and academic adviser for the MBS program, Gina teaches both the introductory (APS 8001) and capstone (APS 8003) courses. She also advises MBS students to help them navigate their course options, advance their expertise, and meet their individual educational goals. Having received her PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, Gina understands firsthand the incredible variety of resources, programs, and services available for MBS students. She maintains and connects students with a large network of biologists in the upper Midwest specializing in conservation biology, ecology, and evolution.