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2019 CSD Retreat Group Photo
2019 CSD Retreat Group Photo. Breckenridge, Colorado.

Letter from the Director

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 50 training faculty and over 30 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.
CSD Graduate Career Paths Chart

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!


Jeff Moore, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development
Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Goals of the Program

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, and through stipends for travel to conferences
  3. Receive training in hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, grant writing, and oral and written presentation skills

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.

Program Committiees

  • Santos Franco, Chair
  • Katie Fantauzzo
  • Chad Pearson
  • Brenna Dennison, Student
  • Nicole Moss, Student
  • Zeke Thomas, Student
CSD 2019 Retreat
  • Emily Bates, Co-Chair
  • Jeff Moore, Co-Chair
  • Heather Brown, Student
  • Alex Theis, Student
Graduate Advisory
  • Joe Brzezinski, Chair
  • Katie Fantauzzo
  • Bruce Appel
  • Suja Jagannathan
  • Ethan Hughes
  • Madison Rogers, Student
  • Alex Theis, Student
CDC Seminar Series
  • Michael McMurray (Chair), Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Jamie Nichols, Craniofacial Biology
  • Julie Siegenthaler, Pediatrics
  • Heather Brown, Student
  • Kayt Scott, Student
  • Julie Siegenthaler, Chair
  • Olivia Rissland
  • Rytis Prekeris
  • Melanie Koenigshoff
  • Chad Pearson
  • Kayt Scott, Student
  • Jeff Moore
  • Emily Bates
  • David Clouthier
  • Joe Brzezinski
  • Michael McMurray
  • Julie Siegenthaler
  • Santos Franco
  • David Clouthier, Chair
  • Joan Hooper
  • Matthew Taliaferro
  • Tania Reis
  • Peter Dempsey
  • Michael Kaufman, Student
Student Executive
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Colby Fees
  • Eric Peterman
  • Jayne Aiken
  • Tanya Brown
  • Sofia Pezoa
  • Brenna Dennison
  • Veronica Fregoso
  • Santiago Fregoso

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