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UC Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus: Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development Graduate Program
Taste Cells - Tom Finger's LabOmmatidia - Steve Britt's LabOrganoid - Rytis Prekeris's LabZebra Fish Embryo - Kristin Artinger's LabPancreas - John Hutton's LabZebrafish hindbrain - Bruce Appel's Lab

CSD Graduate Program

CSD Retreat 2015Medical use of stem cells holds great promise for treatment of human diseases and birth defects. But to advance use of stem cells in the clinic, scientists must continue to make fundamental discoveries of how cells function, and how cells i​n embryos form the different tissues of the body. Our faculty and students are linked by their common interest in understanding cells in the contexts of development, regeneration and disease.

The CSD program thus trains PhD students in 3 interrelated disciplines, Stem Cells, Cell Biology, and Development.

Our doctoral students:

  1. Complete an integrated curriculum
  2. Interact with international and national research leaders via our seminar series, and our student run research retreat
  3. Receive training in hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, and oral and written presentation skills
UC Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development

Contact Info:

Program Contact

Kenton Owsley 
Program Administrator
Mail Stop 8307
12800 East 19th Ave
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Office: P18-7105-1
Phone: 303-724-3468 ​


Recent CSD News and Achievements

Thanks CSD for a great retreat up in Breckenridge this weekend! Congratulations to Andrew Weems, Nick Galati, Jonathan Wilde, and Stephanie Bonney who won awards for Best Poster and Brian Bayless and Colby Fees who won awards for Best Research Presentation.


PhD student Heather Ray and her husband James just completed the 500 mile Colorado trail which runs from Denver to Durango.

Brian Bayless spoke last week at the Ciliate Microbiology Meeting in Camarino, Italy.

David Dai Picture

David Dai just successfully defended his thesis. Congratulations Dr. Dai!


Colleen Bartman, a first year PhD student in the Eckle lab, was selected for the CCTSI Tl1 Training Program in Translational Science. This award continues an exciting and ever accelerating record of important achievements by our students. Congratulations Colleen!​

Alex Liggett, PhD student in the DeGregori lab, just received a predoc NRSA fellowship from the National Cancer Institues and an award from the Linda Crnic Institute to help support his research in leukemogenesis. Way to go Alex!​

Weems and McMurray in Greece
Andrew Weems, PhD student in the McMurray Lab, just got back from an EMBO Conference on the island of Crete! He had a great time and won the poster contest for his research. Congratulations! Part of his trip was funded through the C. Werner and Kitty Hirs Research Travel Award. Email Kenton​ for information on funding opportunities for any travel you have coming up. ​

Current CSD student Tanya Brown and incoming CSD student Jayne Aiken were both awarded NSF fellowships!

Jason Williams Picture​Congratulations to Jason for his recent NIH Fellowship! Determining the role of Pcdh10a in zebrafish migratory neural crest cells.

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