University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Head

Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Office: 246A Chem, 211 RLB
Phone: 218-726-8056, 218-726-7097

Assistant Head

Dr. Steve Berry
Office: 152C SSB
Phone: 218-726-7087

Executive Secretary

Ms. Dawna Carlberg
Office: 246 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7979

Welcome to the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department offers Baccalaureate degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students. At the graduate level, the Department offers Master's (MS) degrees in Chemistry. Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the knowledge, expertise and personal skills to make a significant and positive impact in the field and benefit their communities at the state, regional, and national levels.

The department is also committed to promoting the professional development of its faculty through active research, scholarship, networking opportunities, and mentoring. The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of disciplines such as analytical, environmental, inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, geochemistry and other specialties of study.



News and Events

Faculty spotlight: Romesh Lakhan, October's Professor of the Month

Congratulations to Romesh Lakhan for being selected as University Honors Professor of the month for October. University Honors Student Association recognizes him as a professor who goes above and beyond for his students and makes classes engaging. This award is student nominated and then selected by the officers committee. Mr. Lakhan has been invited to speak at their next Pizza with the Professor event in early October. Date TBD.


College spotlight: UMD's Peterson battles back from injuries

Minnesota Duluth women's soccer captain, Katie Peterson chose the Bulldogs for two reasons. She wanted to play soccer and study biochemistry for a career in medicine. See the full story at


Special Recognition

Carl Anderson won the Hiram E. Essex award for excellence in organismal and physiological sciences by the Minnesota Academy of Sciences at the 2015 Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposia. Carl is currently a UMD senior majoring in Biochemistry and is an undergraduate student researcher in the laboratory of Grant Anderson, Associate Professor and Department Head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Congratulations Carl!!


Our very own Katie Schneider was recognized as one of seven Bulldog athletes cited as 2014-2015 NSIC Myles Brand Award Winner. See full story at


2015 Transitions Newsletter


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