University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Address:

Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States

Phone:

1-303-724-2915

Fax:

1-303-724-2916

Program Information

Degree Offered:

PhD in Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Structural Biology and Biochemistry (STBB) Program is an interdepartmental graduate training program offered within the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Student training places a major emphasis on research experiences, both in lab rotations and thesis projects, and includes a range of coursework in biochemistry; drug design; pharmacology; cellular, molecular and structural biology.

The Program encourages students to engage in collaborative projects and provides shared mentoring that can include faculty from outside The Program. Such interactions are geared towards fostering interdisciplinary training. Faculty research activities cover a range of structural and computational techniques including NMR Spectroscopy, X-Ray Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Biophysics, and Peptide/Protein Chemistry that are focused on a diversity of biological targets such as signaling molecules, transmembrane proteins, RNA, genome bioinformatics, lipids, and oligosaccharides.

The STBB PhD program trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in the biomedical sciences.
  • Understand the current concepts in structural biology and biochemistry.
  • Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Formulate hypotheses based on current concepts in the field and design, conduct, and interpret their own research projects.
  • Present research results in peer-reviewed publications and in a dissertation.
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues.
  • Write a competitive application for research funding.
  • Develop ancillary skills, where necessary, to obtain positions outside of scientific research.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Core facilities: NMR, X-Ray Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics, Biophysics, Peptide/Protein Chemistry, Cryo EM, and Computational Biology
  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum

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Research Areas: Protein structure and function; Proteomics research Crystal and solution structure elucidation of biomolecules; Computational studies of structure and function relationships of biomolecules; Structure-based design of new molecules important in biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, The Department of Pharmacology and The Program in Molecular Biology offer a PhD degree with specialization in Structural Biology and Biophysics.

Program Events: Journal club, seminar series, Biennal Symposium, and Biennial Program Retreat.

Financial Support: Students receive full support that includes all tuition and fees, health and dental insurance, and a $30,000 annual stipend.

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

Career paths of graduates: Students have moved into various positions across the country in academia as well as in the public (FDA, etc.) and private (pharmaceutical industry) sector research institutions, generally after completing postdoctoral study.

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.

Accreditation:

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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