Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) website at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  As you move through our website, you will note the breadth of research and teaching activities in which we are involved. CDB is home to sixteen primary faculty members and fifteen faculty members with secondary appointments in the department. Our faculty investigate fundamental cell and developmental biology questions with a wide array of experimental techniques. Research areas include cell biology, developmental biology, stem cell biology, neurobiology, molecular biology, molecular structure and research related to human disease.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine moved several years ago to a remarkable new campus on the grounds of the former Fitzsimons Army base, east of Denver. The education, research and clinical facilities here are state-of-the-art. CDB is located on the 11th and 12th floors of one of three new research buildings, from which we have a breathtaking view of the Rockies. The potential for growth at this site with this group of faculty was a major aspect of my decision to move here as Chair in 2009. We are already building new research and teaching programs, and we are excited to announce our search to recruit additional faculty members as we strive to enhance these new programs.

Please feel free to contact me or any of the CDB faculty regarding questions on any aspect of our research or teaching efforts.

Wendy B. Macklin, Ph.D., Chair

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Life in the Mile High City

The University benefits from an ideal geographical setting. The adjacent Rocky Mountains offer a spectacular array of outdoor recreational opportunities, including road cycling, mountain biking, camping, technical climbing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and a variety of water sports. World-renowned downhill and cross-country skiing is available within a one to two-hour drive from the Denver metro area. All of these activities are enhanced by the generally good mountain weather. Due to protection afforded by the mountains, the climate is relatively mild and dry. The Denver metro area boasts an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year. The winter is mild with average daytime highs of 45-50, and the summers are warm and dry with average daytime highs of 85. Summer nights may cool to 55, which makes for great sleeping weather.

The city offers all of the advantages of a major metropolitan center including resident theater groups, a symphony orchestra, outdoor amphitheater and a variety of other cultural activities, excellent varied restaurants and major league sports. Many nationally prominent music festivals are held in Denver and at mountain resorts during the summer, and free concerts enliven local Denver parks.

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