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  • Congratulations to Joshua Garcia for receiving an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Wells LaRiviere for receiving an F30 Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Susana Restrepo (Aoto Lab) for receiving an HHMI Gilliam Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Danting Cao on receiving an RNA Biosciences Initiative RNA Scholar Award
  • Congratulations to Andrew Riching for receiving an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Congratulations to Brent Fitzwalter and the Thorburn lab for their new publication in Developmental Cell: PubMed Abstract
  • Jessica Hsu and Sean Korpela received the CCTSI TL1 Award
  • Tyler Martinez was awarded the Crnic Center Blumenthal Fellowship
  • Andrew Riching was renewed on the CFReT Fellowship
  • Jovylyn Gatchalian received a 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • Andrew Goodspeed was awarded the Front Range Cancer Challenge Fellowship
  • Brooke Sinnen's NRSA F31 Fellowship was funded, and she recently published a first author paper
  • Congratulations to our graduates Rachel Fickes and Christina Wysoczynski
  • Danting Cao, 2nd Year, Dr. Irina Petrache's lab – AHA Predoc Fellowship
  • Ashley Bourke, 2nd Year, Dr. Matthew Kennedy's lab – HHMI Gilliam Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Award
  • Sarah Haeger, 4th Year, Dr. Rubin Tuder's lab – NRSA F30 Fellowship
  • Alicia Purkey, 3rd Year, Dr. Mark Dellacqua’s lab – AHA Predoc Fellowship and NRSA F31 Fellowship
  • Andrew Riching, 2nd year, Dr. Kunhua Song’s lab – CFReT Predoc Fellowship
  • Dr. Ulli Bayer for receiving the Dean’s Thesis Mentoring Award for 2015

Pharmacology PhD Program

Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program


Welcome to the Pharmacology PhD Program Training Site

The excellence of our Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Systems Biology is best illustrated by the fact that our NIH-sponsored pre-doctoral Training Grant has been continuously funded since 1978, making it one of the longest standing pharmacology training program of this type.

The philosophy of our graduate program is to emphasize state-of-the-art research approaches at all stages; and we begin with the recruitment phase. We identify candidates with excellent undergraduate academic credentials, with a strong preference for those who have participated in independent research. If you are a member of that select group and would like us to contact you, please let us know.

During the first year in the program, students must complete three formal laboratory-based research rotations. Each research rotation is intended to examine testable hypotheses, as well as to provide exposure to new laboratory techniques. At the conclusion of each rotation, a post-rotational seminar is presented to the Department. To enhance research exposure further, the Department offers a special course on Frontiers in Pharmacology to our first-year students.

Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $30,000 per year for living expenses (for the academic year 2017-2018). Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs.

The Pharmacology Training Program is committed to diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of students to the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.



David Port, Program Director
Email: David Port, Ph.D.
Shanelle Felder, Program Administrator
Voice: 303-724-3565 | Fax: 303-724-3663 |
12800 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop 8303, Research Complex 1 North Tower, Room 6106, Aurora, CO 80045

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