Taking on a Devastating Virus
Kemal Kirchmeier learned to use a variety of tools to investigate the most common congenitally transmitted disease in the U.S.
Stem Cells and Congenital Heart Disease
Surprised by all the tools available at Macalester, Rosemary Cobb used stem cell research to investigate heart disease.
Being a Scientist, Being Yourself
Miranda Harris investigated the molecular side of viruses in a rigorous lab where science meets culture.
This is the second year that professors and students at Macalester have studied freshwater mussels. What researchers learn about their stress levels has implications for river health.
Cancer Immunology Research
Her first-year course at Mac introduced Jaclyn Kline to immunology. Her curiosity led her to a summer of research at Mass. General and Harvard.
Learning the Ropes
From caring for zebras to managing actors, Mac students gained some unforgettable experiences last summer.
Estrogen and Lung Cancer
We don’t yet have a cure for lung cancer, but Maren Bettermann ’16 brings us one step closer by investigating the role of estrogen.
Publishing with Professors
From topics as varied as childhood obesity in Mexico to the discovery of new galaxies, Macalester students research with faculty and publish the results.
Public Health Internships
Four students talk about their Twin Cities internships in the world of public health.
Study away science
Meet two STEM majors who spent a semester abroad in Budapest and Madagascar.
Research Led by Macalester Professor Kristi Curry Rogers Reveals New Insights into the Lives of Baby Dinosaurs
Research led by Macalester College Professor Kristi Curry Rogers published in "Science" sheds the first light on the life of a baby Rapetosaurus, whose 67-million-year-old fossil bones were found in Madagascar.
Tales of a Baby Dinosaur
Groundbreaking research on baby dinosaur bones tells us about the early life of giant sauropods who walked the earth 67 million years ago.
Intimidated by Data? Mac Meets You Where You Are
Handling complex data is essential in almost every field. At Macalester you can successfully learn data science from any starting point.
If you are a student with a gift for analysis, there are a wide variety of internship opportunities in the Twin Cities.
Gates Grant for PhD Research
Zoë Campbell ’09 will join a program that helps Tanzanian farmers as she earns her PhD.
On the Cancer Frontlines
In his second summer at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Liang “Adrian” Chang continued cutting edge research into breast cancer metastasis.
Lung Cancer Research
Through Macalester’s Academic Health Sciences Summer Research Program, Alexander Dash worked in lung cancer treatment and research.
Research at Mayo
Lisa Levoir studied the relationship between inflammation and colon cancer as a Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow.
In Uninhabited Rainforest
In Queensland, Australia, their search for answers about evolutionary biology introduced Jill Oberski and Joanne Johnson to some surprising creatures.
An information session with Macalester alumni inspired Jyothi Dhanwada ’15 to pursue a career in healthcare consulting; today she works with Optum Consulting at UnitedHealth Group.
Katherine Lane went to Switzerland to study the bacteria in honey bee guts and their roles in honey bee health and biology.
Zahrah Abdul-Shakur and Samia Habli stretched their previous research skills and developed new ones through Minnesota’s Regenerative Medicine Internship Program.
Homelessness & Health
Chidyaonga Shalita found community-based research with the homeless to be a powerful complement to laboratory research.
From Classroom to Lab
As part of the HHMI Young Researchers group, Jonathan Amezquita took to the lab, where he gained valuable research skills and new friends.
Goats and Garlic Mustard
Macalester biology students lived and worked at Ordway Field Station this summer, conducting research on plant nutrition and more.
Thanks to the Winter Mann-Hill Fellowships, every winter break there are students out in the world exploring career interests in health care or medicine.
Mac Students at ABRCMS
With support of the Macalester-HHMI Science Education Award, four students recently attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, two as presenters.
Studying Science Abroad
Three science students study abroad, from Singapore to Scotland.
HHMI Young Researchers
From pain to tiny arachnids, Nicole Mathews applied concepts from her science courses as she pursued answers to real-world questions in the lab.
Tiny Australian Arachnids
Collecting specimens in Australia and identifying them in the lab taught Michelle Coblens a lot about the power of original research.
Health Policy Pursuits
Jyothi Dhanwada researches pain and has interned on a U.S. Senate committee in Washington to learn firsthand about the intersection of science and health policy.
A Database of Brains
Bioinformatics at Harvard–MIT’s Health Sciences and Technology Program allowed Issa Ali to combine his research interests in computer science, biology and chemistry.
In Marcos Ortega’s lab, Djoser Ramsey investigated how to interrupt the reproduction of viruses, such as one that causes lymphoma.
From the Farm to the Lab
Economics major Cody Dail is using the many resources at his disposal to prepare himself for medical school.
Science is Discovery
With the support of a Beckmann grant, Charles Benck ’15 is conducting research aimed at new ways to combat pain.
Original research is the gold standard experience for undergraduate science students and there’s no better place to conduct it than Macalester.
Biology major Antsa Randriamihaja was awarded two fellowships, which supported her lab research and an independent project in Madagascar.
Visualizing Swarm Theory
Karina Li '14 worked with Prof. Chad Topaz to create art that is a visual expression of swarm theory.
Macalester’s proximity to the Mayo Clinic and top biomedical companies provides some great opportunities, including the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.
The Elegant C. Elegans
Nicole Miller '14 worked on the regulation of genes through RNAi in Professor Mary Montgomery's lab.
Investigating Sickle-Cell Anemia
Dinesh Rathakrishnan believes research will make him a better doctor
Learning from Lungs
Undecided between a clinical or research job, Katie Cicolello ’14 chose both.
Investigating Iron in Cancer Cells
Burton Masem ’14 studied the effects of iron overload on ovarian cancer cells.
Becoming a Scientist
Alyssa Ashbaugh ’14 did research at the Mayo Clinic, a large research university, and a campus lab.
When Majors Collide
Issa Ali ’15 found his computer science skills were highly applicable to biology research.
The Ovenbird Mystery
Karina Li did research at Macalester's Ordway Field Station to understand why Ovenbirds, a ground-nesting species, were largely absent from the property.
Joining Team Chatterjea
Once this biology student saw what was happening in immunology lab, she signed up on the spot.
With no answers in the back of a textbook—or even from their professors—more than 80 Macalester students learned science research is messy.