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About the Program

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The Structural Biology and Biochemistry (STBB) PhD Program is an interdepartmental graduate training program offered within the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Student training places a major emphasis on research experiences, both in lab rotations and thesis projects, and includes a range of coursework in biochemistry, biophysics, drug design, pharmacology, and cellular, molecular, and structural biology.

The STBB Program encourages students to engage in collaborative projects and provides shared mentoring that can include faculty from outside The Program. Such interactions are geared towards fostering interdisciplinary training.

Faculty research activities cover a range of structural and computational techniques including NMR Spectroscopy, X-Ray Crystallography, Cryo-EM, Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Biophysics, and Peptide/Protein Chemistry that are focused on a diversity of biological targets such as signaling molecules, transmembrane proteins, RNA, genome bioinformatics, lipids, and oligosaccharides.

Goals of the Program

The goals of the Structural Biology and Biochemistry Program are to:

  • Foster scientific excellence and innovation in the field of bimolecular structure and function.
  • Develop and advance expertise and technology to support cutting-edge research in biomedical sciences
  • Provide training and career development for outstanding scientists
  • Identify and characterize molecular targets and develop innovative therapeutics and diagnostic tools
  • Exploit discoveries and intellectual properties through strategic partnerships with the industry.

Student Support

Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $31,000 per year for living expenses (for the academic year 2019-2020). Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs. The student stipend is research-based as there is no teaching requirements for Structural Biology and Biochemistry students.

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