Bruce M. Simat is Associate Professor of Biology at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in 1983 from the Dept. of Physiology at the University of Minnesota; his dissertation research investigated how thyroid and growth hormones influence the regulation of messenger RNA production in the liver. He performed postdoctoral research in the flexibility of therapeutic drugs that were molecularly modified to reduce their toxic side effects, but retain their therapeutic value. He has contributed ten papers to the scientific literature. After earning his doctorate, he worked for two medical diagnostics companies, Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur in Minneapolis, MN, and Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, IL, holding a variety of positions that centered around the invention and development of novel biomolecules for diagnostic blood tests. For the past eleven years he has taught courses at Northwestern College on Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Developmental Biology, Immunology, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Animal Biology.
1983. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Ph.D. in Physiology with a Biochemistry minor. Thesis: Regulation of Hepatic RNA in the Rat by Thyroid Hormone
1997. Duluth School of Medicine, Duluth, MN. M.S. in Physiology with a Biochemistry minor. Thesis: Prenatal Effect of Somatostatin on Reproduction/Neurogenesis
1974. University of Minnesota, Duluth. B.A. in Biology with a Chemistry minor.
Postdoctoral Experience
As a Project Leader at Abbott Labs in North Chicago, Dr. Simat developed practical applications of inorganic and organic chemistry principles into successful commercial products. He directed unique dry chemistry technology for the home diagnostics market, and successfully developed and marketed three blood tests for pregnancy and brain tumors. While at Abbott, Dr. Simat received the "Scientific Innovation" award for applied chemistry research. He then became a Senior Project Leader and, subsequently, a Group Leader at the Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur in Chaska MN. Responsibilities there included organizing and guiding the new business unit through three chemistry technologies in producing health care diagnostic tests for clinics and hospitals. Dr. Simat provided the scientific leadership to nine cross-functional teams, and directed the scale-up and transfer to manufacturing of all biochemical reagents from R&D. For the past eleven years, Dr. Simat has taught physiology and biology courses at Northwestern College
Dr. Simat has contributed ten physiology papers to the published scientific literature.