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Letter from the Director

Dr. Bruce Appel

Picture of Director, Linda Barlow


Dear Prospective Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development (CSD). By exploring our website you can find out most of the details of our PhD program, but here I emphasize several highlights that our past and current students have found most important in selecting CSD for their graduate training.

1. CSD students and faculty have common interests in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie development, disease, stem cell biology and regeneration. This common curiosity promotes extensive interaction among labs and creates a fantastic intellectual environment.

2. Our CSD Program is structured to provide training in hypothesis-driven experimental approaches coupled with cutting edge technologies. We foster creativity and independence, enabling students to pursue important questions at the junctures between the fields of cell, developmental, and stem cell biology.

3. Among our most distinctive and important characteristics are that we are unusually collegial and collaborative. Numerous program activities, such as weekly seminars, journal clubs, research update talks and annual retreats foster a sense of community and provide a foundation for our shared research interests.

4. Our program is broad, but intimate. Our more than 40 training faculty and nearly 25 graduate students investigate problems ranging from basic mechanisms in developmental and cell biology to translational applications of stem cell biology. We are large enough to provide numerous and distinctive research opportunities but yet we maintain a close-knit and supportive learning environment.

5. 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. Our research buildings are close to Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital, facilitating interactions among basic scientists, clinicians and patients and promoting translational research.

6. 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.

Please take some time to look through our website to learn about the specific research areas of our internationally recognized faculty and CSD students. You can also find all the details about our curriculum, program events, student and faculty publications and information on how to apply for admission.

I look forward to reading your application!


Bruce Appel, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Cell and Developmental Biology
Diane G. Wallach Endowed Chair of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology

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