Graduate Student Spotlight

Mathia Colwell is a first year PhD student with Chris Faulk studying Functional Genomics in Animal Science. Most people know her as “Tia”. She grew up in Medford, MN but has called Minneapolis her home since 2010. She received her BS in Biology from Augsburg College (now Augsburg University), focusing her interests in biochemistry and molecular biology. Tia fell in love with research while working with blood proteins at Augsburg, and enjoyed teaching molecular techniques to other students during her undergraduate career. These experiences have fueled her interest to pursue a career in teaching and research within academia. Tia is thankful and loves being part of the Animal Science department, as they are diverse in different fields of research. In the lab, she loves working with undergraduates, and is constantly telling them physics is a useful skill to have in their back pocket. She enjoys designing experiments, troubleshooting, and finding solutions to difficult problems in the lab. In her free time, she likes to stay active by running, paddleboarding, wine tasting, and playing with her puppy, Walter. Tia says, “Stop by the lab some time if you’d like a tour! Stay curious my friends! ”