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Graduate School at University of Colorado Denver

The Graduate School at UC Denver

Management Team


 Dr. Barry Shur - Dean of the newly consolidated Graduate School at CU Denver .
 Dr. Brenda J. Allen - AVC for Diversity and Inclusion
 Dominic F. Martinez - Senior Director of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach 
 Dr. Gita Alaghband - Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science
 Dr. James DeGregori - Director of doctoral program in Molecular Biology
 Dr. Stephanie A. Santorico - Associate Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences


Dr. Barry Shur relocated to CU Denver from Emory University, where he was the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology. In November 2010, Dr. Shur became the first Dean of the newly consolidated Graduate School at CU Denver. He earned his BS degree with Honors from Marietta College, his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he rose to be Interim Chair, and Emory University, where during his 14 years as Chair, Dr. Shur recruited 12 faculty members, moved the Department into totally new research facilities, and reorganized the educational and enrichment activities of the Department. Dr. Shur has served as Program Director for two different NIH funded T32 training program (HD07325; GM08367), the latter of which was feature​d on the NIGMS website as a model program for the recruitment and training of URM students. Prior to his arrival at UC Denver, Dr. Shur maintained a multiple R01-funded research program that examined the molecular basis of mammalian fertilization and embryonic morphogenesis. He has trained 16 predoctoral and 22 postdoctoral fellows whose work has appeared in 138 publications in top-tier scientific journals, as well as two patents. Dr. Shur has served on multiple NIH study sections, including the Biomedical Research and Training Review Group, served as external reviewer for the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, as external reviewer for multiple departments and graduate programs, and currently serves on seven editorial boards. Dr. Shur has organized a number of international symposia and has been an invited speaker at over 155 institutions and meetings. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Shur was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008.  (back to top)


Dr. Brenda J. Allen, AVC for Diversity and Inclusion, began her work for the University at CU Boulder in 1989 as an assistant professor and joined the CU Denver faculty in 2001. During her 20+ years as a faculty member at CU, Professor Allen has served in numerous leadership roles and has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, and service in the area of diversity and inclusion. In August 2012, she became the AVC for Diversity and Inclusion. She reports to the Provost as part of the executive leadership team in Academic and Student Affairs to enhance and sustain diversity, promote a culture of inclusiveness and develop strategic initiatives that contribute to the success of faculty, students and staff. Dr. Allen’s scholarship focuses on organizational communication and social identity (e.g., gender, race, sexuality, age, ability, and social class), with an emphasis on diversity in higher education. Among her publications is the groundbreaking book Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity, (2nd Ed., 2011, Waveland Press), widely used as a teaching and training tool in academia and other contexts. She assumed the newly created role of associate dean for Planning and Initiatives in CLAS in 2007 and created the CLAS Diversity Council (comprised of faculty, staff, and students) in 2009 to concentrate on the diversity component of the college’s strategic plan. As master mentor of the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program, Dr. Allen works to develop and implement a variety of mentoring activities, including specialized programming for groups such as women faculty, faculty of color, and science faculty with education specialties. In 2010, she received the inaugural Annual Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring at CU Denver.  (back to top) 


 Dominic F. Martinez, MA, serves as the Senior Director of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, and the CO-AMP Site Coordinator. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Leadership for Educational Equity at CU Denver. The Anschutz Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created to meet the outreach, retention, cultural competence and programming needs of URM populations attending the Anschutz campus at CU Denver. Besides managing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mr. Martinez also provides vision leadership, guidance and direction for a broad scope of campus diversity activities. His efforts include the development and implementation of comprehensive diversity plans addressing the recruitment and retention of URM faculty, staff and students, and the coordination of diversity programs centered on cultural competency, health disparities, privilege and diversity issues within the schools, programs and administrative departments. As program coordinator for the BD Program, Mr. Martinez will work closely with Dean Shur, AVC Allen, and the three faculty PhD Program Directors. His efforts will address recruitment strategies, program coordination to produce a strong sense of community, and care for financial and other management aspects related to student participation and the tracking of student performances. Due to his former involvement in student affairs, he is also familiar with the need for the recruitment of veterans and will therefore be of great assistance in recruiting veterans to doctoral programs in STEM disciplines.   (back to top)


Dr. Gita Alaghband is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) and co-Director of the doctoral program in Computer Science and Informational Systems. She is also the PI of the NSF-funded REACH program in the CEAS at CU Denver. Dr. Alaghband received her BS in Physics (1976), MS in Computer Science (1980), and PhD in Electrical Engineering (1986) from CU Boulder. She is a senior member of IEEE Computer Society. She has been a visiting scientist at NASA, ICASE, Norfolk, VA (1985); a visiting professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1987); a visiting scientist at CERFACS, Toulouse, France (1996); and a consultant with QWEST Information Technologies, Denver, CO (2000). Her research interests in parallel processing and distributed systems include application programs and algorithm design, computer architectures, operating systems, performance evaluation, and simulation. Her work on sparse matrices has resulted in a new methodology for parallel solution of large sparse linear systems of equations on shared memory multiprocessors. She has been involved in the design of the Force parallel programming language for scientific high performance applications. Her work on temporal characterization of parallel program performance was funded by an NSF Research Initiation Award. Her research and teaching experience have resulted in the coauthorship of the textbook “Fundamentals of Parallel Processing”, published by Pearson Education, Inc. in 2002.    (back to top) 

Dr. James DeGregori is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and the Director of our highly successful interdisciplinary doctoral program in Molecular Biology. Members of the Molecular Biology Program must be committed to graduate education and have well-funded research programs with a mechanistic, molecular focus. In addition, Dr. DeGregori currently leads the NIH-T32 funded Molecular Biology doctoral training grant program, many features of which will serve as a well-tested model for an excellent student-centered CO-AMP program, and our Team will strive to emulate several features of this program. He is deeply committed to the training and advancement of students at all levels, engaging them in a collaborative approach to science. Dr. DeGregori obtained his BS in microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin and his PhD in Biology at MIT, followed by post-doctoral training in genetics at Duke University. His lab studies the evolution of cancer at cellular and molecular levels using mouse models and employs genome-wide genetic screens to determine pathways by which cancer cells survive during drug treatments. Besides having a prolific publication record, he has served as the associate editor of Cell Division and on multiple national grant review panels.    (back to top)


Dr. Stephanie A. Santorico Associate Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, came to Denver from her tenured faculty position in Statistics at Oklahoma State University. Her academic career started at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK as a mathematics major, and a NSF Fellowship allowed her to complete a doctorate in statistics at North Carolina State University. Dr. Santorico’s research interests lie in the area of statistical genetics, specifically in the development of statistical methods and study designs for gene discovery through the use of pedigree and population-based data. She has a track record of conducting research in collaborative settings among federal, state, private and corporate institutions. Dr. Santorico has been involved in the management and instruction of graduate programs for the past 10 years. She has served as Graduate Director for the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at CU Denver and currently serves as a National Human Genome Research Institute Mentor for local high school teachers and students. Her Native American heritage has made her invaluable for mentoring of URM students and as our liaison with local and national SACNAS programs.   (back to top)

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