The Wickman lab is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, home to most of the biomedical research labs and related facilities on campus. The local concentration of research energy and expertise creates a stimulating scientific environment - the ideal place to begin or continue training toward a career in the health sciences. In addition, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has much to offer everyone, of any age or stage of life.
The “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and surrounding communities, compose the Twin Cities metropolitan area, which is home to more than 3 million residents. The Twin Cities metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the United States, and it ranks among the most desirable places to live. Whether you like nightlife, museums, theater, music, or sports, there are opportunities to enjoy this community year-round. And, if you enjoy the outdoors and the opportunities a 4-season climate affords, you will appreciate the well-developed park and trail system, which connects local neighborhoods with the Mississippi River, area lakes, and numerous green areas. These trails and parks are open year-round to accommodate runners, bikers, and skiers. The Twin Cities area is quite popular among bikers, with more than 40 miles of on-street bike lanes and 82 miles of off-street bike trails in Minneapolis alone! There is also extensive off-street recreational biking available throughout the metro area and state. The Twin Cities metropolitan area also has an extensive bus system; more than 35 direct routes serve the University of Minnesota (students and employees get a fare discount). In addition, an expanding light rail system connects the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul runs and runs directly through the University of Minnesota campus, while also providing a convenient and economic way to get to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, one of the largest airports in the United States and hub for Delta Airlines. Collectively, these features make the Twin Cities metropolitan area a fun, healthy, and comfortable place to live, regardless of your stage in life. Learn more about this fantastic place to live!
The University of Minnesota was established in 1851 and is Minnesota’s flagship university. The Twin Cities campus serves over 32,000 undergraduate students and 16,000 graduate/professional students. The campus is also home to more than 4,000 faculty, including several members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Current and former faculty members have won Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships (“genius grants”), and Nobel Prizes. Notable alumni include former Vice President Walter Mondale, satirist Garrison Keillor, and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
The Academic Health Center (AHC) is the gateway to biomedical research at the University of Minnesota. The AHC consists of the Medical School, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, and is home to over 1500 faculty and 6000 students. Research within the AHC is supported by approximately $400 million in sponsored research grants, and is facilitated by an array of institutional core facilities that make state-of-the-art equipment, techniques, and expertise readily available to interested scientists.
The Department of Pharmacology is 1 of 6 basic science departments within the Medical School, and is home to 20 primary faculty members (including Dr. Wickman), a strong graduate program, and a recently-developed minor program for undergraduate students. The main departmental office is located on 6th floor Jackson Hall, located on the Minneapolis (East Bank) Campus of the University of Minnesota; administrative assistants are available in the office to assist with human resources issues and grant/fellowship preparation. The department hosts an annual research retreat, creating a rich and fun scientific atmosphere for young pharmacologists in training. Most research labs for primary faculty members are found on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Nils Hasselmo Hall (NHH), located just across the street from Jackson Hall. The 2nd and 3rd floors of NHH contain abundant shared departmental resources including an array of centrifuges, an Odyssey® phosphorimager, NanoDrop 2000 spectrophotometers, SpectraMax i3 multi-mode plate reader, myECL DNA/protein gel documentation systems, Applied Biosystems® StepOnePlusTM real-time PCR systems, autoclaves, ice machines, spare freezers, and Millipore water purification systems.
The main lab space for Dr. Wickman consists of 1800 square feet on the 2nd floor of Nils Hasselmo Hall (NHH). The main lab space is compartmentalized, with dedicated rooms for slice and single-cell electrophysiology molecular biology and biochemistry, confocal microscopy, and cell culture. Another 1000 square feet of dedicated lab space is distributed over 4 separate rooms in Diehl Hall (connected to NHH via a tunnel network). This low-traffic space contains equipment for stereotaxic surgical procedures and analysis of rodent behavior. The Wickman lab is well-equipped for transdisciplinary studies in the areas of neuroscience and cardiovascular physiology.