Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is an interdisciplinary recruitment, admissions and degree – conferring graduate program comprising over 100 faculty members from 15 departments within 5 colleges at Colorado State University. Active research programs focus on the molecular and cellular aspects of microbiomes, cancer biology, prions and neurobiology, plant molecular biology, infectious diseases, stem cells and development, synthetic biology, genome structure, evolution & repair, gene expression, and metabolism & physiology.
CMB offers a core of lecture courses in advanced molecular genetics and cell biology, laboratory research techniques, science communication and ethical conduct of science. Students participate in a graduate seminar series in which students present their research, and a weekly seminar series for presentations by CSU faculty and nationally prominent scientists each year. PhD students complete additional coursework in Grant Writing, Statistics and Critical Analysis of the Literature. Elective courses in specialized areas are also available as part of the curriculum.
Our diverse student body consists of over 50 MS and PhD students conducting research in laboratories of CMB Faculty Members. Our incoming students are supported by teaching assistantships for the first two semesters while they complete rotations to find a home lab. In subsequent years, most students are supported by their advisor as Graduate Research Assistants, but some continue to teach, and others have fellowship, scholarship or training grant support.