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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 advisor to discuss your interests and goals.

Director of Graduate Studies


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Brad Fruen

As an academic advisor 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.

Anke Reinders

Anke Reinders

Anke is a lecturer for the MBS program. She studied biology at the University of Bremen, Germany and received her PhD in botany from the University of Basel, Switzerland. Following a postdoc at the University of Tübingen, she worked as a senior research associate in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota. One major topic of Anke's research has been understanding how plants acquire and distribute nutrients throughout the organism. She has focused on the role of plant membrane transporters, specifically transporters for sucrose and other sugars, as well as amino acids and ammonium.