University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Molecular Biology


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Molecular Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Molecular Biology Program is dedicated to providing rigorous training to its students in a supportive environment. Our faculty are members of many different departments who are applying the techniques of molecular biology to answer questions in diverse areas. Molecular biology, the science of how living things work at the molecular level, has spearheaded the recent revolution in our understanding of human disease and led to the birth of the biotechnology industry. In almost all aspects of modern biomedical research, a professional knowledge of Molecular biology is essential. The training program is designed to equip students for careers at the cutting edge of biology.

Our program is student-driven and student-centered. We have both formal and informal mechanisms for student input into the curriculum and other program activities, as well as the selection of future fellow students. Our students are bright and motivated, and we regard them as respected colleagues in refining the program and in maintaining its excellence.


  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • Private (Bolie Fund) and government (NIH T32) training grants
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum


Research Areas: Cancer Biology; Cellular Structure and Function; Chromosome Biology: DNA replication, Repair, Recombination, and Segregation; Developmental Biology; Gene Expression: RNA Transcription, mRNA Translation, Epigenetics; Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics; Macromolecular Structure and Function; and Microbiology and Virology

Graduate students entering the Molecular Biology Program will have the opportunity to train in a specialty track in "Biomolecular Structure".  This track provides additional course work in advanced protein chemistry and structural analysis of biomolecules and the opportunity to conduct thesis research in laboratories that have expertise in the application of  NMR spectroscopy, X-Ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, computational biochemistry and biophysical biochemistry to problems of structure/function of biomolecules.

Program Events: Monthly round tables, weekly seminar series, annual symposium, and annual program retreat in the Colorado Rockies.

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: Graduates have gone on to professional research positions across the country in many areas including academia, biotechnology, scientific policy, consulting, education and pharmaceuticals.

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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