Cell and Molecular Biology (Ph.D.)


The interdisciplinary Cell & Molecular Biology graduate program comprises a community of graduate students, faculty, and staff with diverse experiences and interests. We share a common goal of preparing the next generation of scientific leaders to make significant contributions in our field. We accomplish this by promoting a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, and an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative culture.
Our faculty mentors are distributed across 6 colleges and 17 departments at CSU. Our program is ideal for those who want to work in the space between traditional fields or explore multiple research areas to find a good fit. We place a strong emphasis on developing quantitative and computational skills. Students are generally admitted with full support as teaching assistants and participate in laboratory rotations to find an advisor. Domestic students interested in biomedical research are eligible for support through NIH training grants.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cell and Molecular Biology

Areas of Study

  • Cancer Biology
  • Prions & Neurobiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Microbiomes
  • Stem Cells & Development
  • Genome structure, evolution & repair
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Metabolism & Physiology
  • Gene Expression
  • STEM Communication

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Financial Aid