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 Microbiology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Program in Microbiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a PhD granting education and training program designed to prepare students for outstanding careers in science. Through rigorous didactic courses and mentored experimental studies, the program trains students in diverse areas of microbiology including the molecular pathogenesis of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases and the role of the microbiome in human health and disease. Our program strives to provide students with the scientific expertise to become leaders in competitive independent research programs, science education, science policy, and industry.

Although based within the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, the program faculty includes members of the Departments of Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Program is supported by committees comprised of faculty and student representatives to facilitate advising, admissions and recruitment, evaluations and promotion, and student enrichment and governance.

The research interests of the faculty that participate in the Graduate Program in Microbiology are diverse and include molecular mechanisms of infectious disease pathogenesis, effects of the microbiome on human health and disease, innate and adaptive immune responses to infection, pathogen immune evasion strategies, products and metabolites associated with infectious disease outcomes, regulation of gene expression of both host and pathogen, and identification of potential vaccines and therapeutics to prevent or mitigate infectious diseases. With recent appreciation for emerging infections, human risk factors for infectious diseases, and the complexity of the microbiome, the topics of microbiology and pathogenesis of infectious disease are important fields in biomedical research.


  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • NIH Training Grant
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum


Program Events: Annual graduate student retreat, departmental retreats, research in progress (RIP) presentations, seminar series, journal 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. Interviews take place in February. See program website for details.

Career paths of graduates: Microbiology PhD graduates have gone on to successful careers in academic biomedical research, biotech and pharmaceutical research, teaching, and public policy.

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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 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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