University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School



Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Immunology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was founded in 1989 and integrates faculty from the University of Colorado, the world-renown National Jewish Health, and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. The program draws from the academic strengths of all three institutions that have contributed significant resources to make our program one of the most prominent basic immunology research programs in the country. Our diverse faculty, with over 40 training faculty, investigates all aspects of immunology. The majority of our faculty hold appointments in the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at the University of Colorado and the Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine at National Jewish Health but also include those with appointments at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the Department of Medicine (Divisions of Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Gastroenterology). Upon graduating our program students also have the opportunity to earn a certificate from the Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute (CCTSI) that emphasizes training in translational settings.


  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • Option to complete certificate from the Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute (CCTSI), which emphasizes training in translational settings
  • NIH Training Grant
  • Professional training course in ethical, social and practical aspects of science as a career
  • Career development opportunities in presentation preparation, scientific writing, ethics, and interview skills
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum


Research Focus: Cell development and activation, signaling, inflammation, innate immunity, structural biology, genomics and disease states such as autoimmunity, transplantation, infectious disease, pulmonary immunity, and cancer.

Program Events: Annual immunology conference in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Immunology graduate student retreat at Mount Evans High-Altitude Laboratory, weekly research in progress (RIP) presentations, weekly student journal club, bi-monthly invited seminar speaker presentations, monthly evening student data club.

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 January. See program website for details.

Career paths of graduates: 66% of graduates are in academia in institutions such as University of Washington, Washington University, INSERM, Mount Sinai, UCSF, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. 34% of graduates are at non-academic institutions such as AbbVie, Seattle Genetics, Fate Therapeutics, Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC as well as serving as an editor at Science Translational Medicine and Regulatory Coordination at Duke.

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

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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