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DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNOLOGY & MICROBIOLOGY, A Leader in Immunology, Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Research and Training

Immunology and Microbiology

Immunology Graduate Program

Welcome to the Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Colorado. Our graduate program couples both formal coursework with informal instruction and vigorous bench training in diverse areas of immunology within an extremely collaborative setting that culminates with a Ph.D. in Immunology. We carry out our research in beautiful Colorado just eastof the accessible Rocky Mountains.

The Immunology Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was founded in 1989, and integrates faculty from the University of Colorado, the world-renown National Jewish Health and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. The program draws from the academic strengths of all three institutions that have contributed significant resources to make our program one of the most prominent basic immunology research programs in the country. Our diverse faculty, with over 40 training faculty, investigates all aspects of immunology including cell development and activation, signaling, inflammation, innate immunity, structural biology, genomics and disease states such as autoimmunity, transplantation, infectious disease, pulmonary immunity and cancer. The majority of our faculty hold appointments in the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at the University of Colorado and the Department of Biomedical Research at National Jewish Health as well as the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the Department of Medicine (Divisions of Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Gastroenterology). Our program students upon graduating also have the opportunity to earn a certificate from the Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute (CCTSI) that emphasizes training in translational settings.

Applicants with proven scientific ability, indicated through performance in a college level science program and/or performance in a research laboratory, are welcome and encouraged to apply. Our program seeks to invest in students with the ability to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented graduate program leading to careers in Immunology in the academic, governmental or private sectors. We encourage applications from qualified underrepresented minorities where we have a strong history of successful training. A Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required for admittance.

Current Departmental Information:

  • 41 Ph.D. candidates
  • 54% female and 46% male

44 current faculty trainers:

  • Department of Immunology & Microbiology
  • Department of Biomedical Research at National Jewish Health
  • Division of Infectious Disease
  • Division of Rheumatology
  • Division of Allergy and Immunology
  • Division of Gastroenterology

Program Statistics:

  • Graduates to date: over 135 PhD graduates
  • Average length of thesis: 5.6 years


Program Alumni (2005-2015, n=78):

Academic postdocs include University of Washington, Washington University, INSERM (Paris), Harvard/Broad Institute, Mount Sinai New York, UCSF and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

Biotech include AbbVie, Seattle Genetics, Fate Therapeutics, R&D Systems

Medical non-research include Epidemic Intelligence Service at the CDC, Staff at the Journal of Immunology, Regulatory Coordinator Duke University

Departmental Activities:

  • Annual Immunology Conference: a scientific mountain retreat held in diverse locations within the beautiful Rocky Mountains each fall
  • Immunology Graduate Student Retreat: an annual social and scientific gathering at Mount Evans High-Altitude Laboratory
  • Weekly Research in Progress (RIP) presentations
  • Weekly Student Journal Club presentations
  • Bi-monthly Invited Seminar Speaker presentations
  • Monthly evening Student Data Club presentations


  • Stipend/tuition/fees are guaranteed for students in good academic standing throughout their thesis work
  • Annual Graduate Student Stipend: $28,500 a year (2015-16)
  • NIH Training Grant (1991-present)
  • Cancer Research Institute Graduate Training Award (2000-2015)