The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is one of seven basic science departments in the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The primary missions of the Department are education (medical, dental and graduate programs); pursuit of scholarly work, both in education and research; and service to the university, the community, and to academia in general. We train graduate PhD students from several different graduate programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus and postdoctoral fellows in many research areas. We are actively engaged in programs promoting diversity both in the university and in the community.
The outstanding faculty of CDB is committed to research, discovery and teaching. Departmental faculty and research groups integrate with strong interdisciplinary programs in developmental neurobiology in vertebrate and invertebrate systems, stem/progenitor cell regulation during development, neurophysiology, taste and smell development, Golgi and plasma membrane protein trafficking, protein glycosylation, retrotransposition, hibernation, fungal wall assembly and development of virtual anatomy programs. Many labs have one or more translational research projects, focused on moving basic science questions closer to clinical practice. Our faculty members serve on numerous national and international grant reviewing committees, editorial boards and professional societies.