The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is one of seven basic science departments in the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The primary missions of the department are Education (medical, dental, and graduate programs); Pursuit of Scholarly Work (both in education and research); and Service to the University, the Community, and to Academia in general. We train graduate Ph.D. students from several graduate programs on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and postdoctoral fellows in many research areas. We are actively engaged in programs promoting diversity in both the University and in the community.
The outstanding faculty of CDB are committed to research, discovery, and teaching. Departmental faculty and research groups integrate with strong interdisciplinary programs in developmental neurobiology in vertebrate and invertebrate systems, stem/progenitor cell regulation during development, neurophysiology, taste and smell development, Golgi and plasma membrane protein trafficking, protein glycosylation, retrotransposition, hibernation, fungal wall assembly, and development of virtual anatomy programs. Many labs have one or more translational research projects, focused on moving basic science questions closer to clinical practice. Our faculty members serve on numerous national and international grant reviewing committees, editorial boards and professional societies.
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 and snowboarding 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 degrees, 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.