University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Medical use of stem cells holds great promise for treatment of human diseases and birth defects. However, to advance use of stem cells in the clinic, scientists must continue to make fundamental discoveries of how cells function, and how cells in embryos form the different tissues of the body. Our faculty and students are linked by their common interest in understanding cells in the contexts of development, regeneration and disease. The CSD program thus trains PhD students in 3 interrelated disciplines: Stem Cells, Cell Biology, and Development.


  • Integrated curriculum
  • Interaction with international and national research leaders
  • Seminar series
  • Annual student run research retreat
  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • Training in hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, and oral and written presentation skills
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum


Research Focus: Membrane trafficking, membrane dynamics, cell signaling, motility, organelle composition and function, cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix, stem and progenitor cell maintenance and specification, tissue and organ development, treatments for cancer, heart disease, developmental disorders, and a host of other diseases that disrupt normal cell function.

Program Events: Weekly program seminars, annual retreat in the Rocky Mountains, Bimonthly journal club, twice-per-month shop talks.

Financial Support: Students receive full support that includes all tuition and fees, health and dental insurance, and a $31,000 annual stipend.

Applications: Applications accepted September 1 to December 1 for the following Fall semester. On-campus interviews take place in February.

Career paths of graduates: Alumni of the University of Colorado Anschutz Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development PhD program can be found in research labs, biotech companies, and universities.

Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant cancer research community that is poised to address present and future challenges.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - Composite score of 75 or above on the TOEFL or composite score of 6.5 or above on the IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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