Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development (CSD). As you explore our website, you can find out most of the details of our PhD program, but here I wanted to emphasize several highlights, especially those aspects our past and current students have found most important in selecting CSD for their graduate training.
1. CSD students and faculty alike have common interests in understanding how cells function and signal in development, regeneration and disease. This common curiosity promotes extensive collaboration and interaction among labs, and creates a fantastic intellectual environment.
2. Our students consistently say that the prime reason for selecting the CSD program is the collaborative and open nature of interactions among members of the Program. One of the fundamental goals of the CSD program faculty is to train students to be our future peers. Thus, expectations of student performance are high, yet members of our faculty are approachable and readily willing to take time to meet with students.
3. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a new (2004), state-of-the-art biomedical research campus with numerous cutting edge core facilities, all of which are available for student use toward the PhD. The design of the office and lab space is open, prompting more cooperation and collaboration.
4. The program currently comprises an interactive group of 22 students and 43 training faculty, which is sufficiently small to provide a close-knit, supportive yet rigorous, training environment, while large enough to provide a scientifically varied set of labs and mentors with which to interact.
5. Finally, Denver is a great city within an hour’s drive of the Rocky Mountain Front Range. Our students and faculty work hard, but they also play hard – taking full advantage of the outdoors throughout the year, like skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and more.
Overall, our CSD program provides training in hypothesis driven experimental approaches and cutting edge technology to allow students to pursue important questions at the juncture between the fields of cell, developmental, and stem cell biology.
While I’ve introduced you to our program in broad strokes, please take some time to read about the specific research areas of our internationally recognized faculty, as well as of our CSD students. You can also find all the details about our curriculum, program events, and student and faculty publications, as well as information on how to apply for admission for Fall 2013.
I look forward to reading your application!
Linda Barlow, PhD
Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development