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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 Integrated Department of Immunology Prospective Student homepage. We are located in the growing city of Denver, just half an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Our department is dedicated to the instruction and training of Ph.D. graduate students in a rigorous and collaborative environment involving both course work and laboratory experience.
Our program was founded in 1989, and integrates faculty from the University of Colorado and world-renown National Jewish Health. The department draws from the academic strengths of both institutions that have contributed significant resources to make our department one of the most prominent basic immunology research programs in the country. Our diverse faculty investigates all aspects of immunology including cell development and activation, signaling, inflammation, innate immunity, structural biology and disease states such as autoimmunity, transplantation, infectious disease, and cancer.
Applicants with proven scientific ability, indicated through performance in a college level science program 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 or private sector. A Bachelor's degree or equivalent is also required.


Current Departmental Information:

  • 48 Ph.D. candidates
  • 58% female and 42% male 

93 current faculty members:

  • 37 primary faculty
  • 56 secondary faculty

Program Statistics:

  • Graduates to date: over 100 PhD graduates
  • Average length of thesis: 5.6 years


Program Alumni (last 5 years):

  • Academic Post-docs: 59% Examples include University of Washington, UCSF, UCSD, Johns Hopkins, National Institute of Health, Yale, Stanford, Scripps, and international.
  • Industrial Post-docs: 10%
  • Govt/Research Organization: 5%
  • Medical Residency: 15% 


Departmental Activities:

  • Annual Immunology Conference: a scientific mountain retreat in the 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 paid by the program or thesis advisor
  • Annual Graduate Student Stipend: $27,000 a year (2014-15)
  • NIH Training Grant (1991-present)
  • Cancer Research Institute Graduate Training Award (2000-2015)