Our mission:

The vision of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) DEI-O Group is to increase diversity amongst our graduate students. We strive to promote inclusion and community to all students, for the betterment of ourselves, our peers, and our profession. This is achieved by organizing social and wellness events, in order to introduce our students to different cultural experiences and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds.

Current Elected Members:


Chair : Kayl Ecton, (PhD, 2019 Cohort)
Email: kayl.ecton@colostate.edu

Kayl is in the Abdo/Dean lab  where she works on development of a novel vaccine platform utilizing the probiotic organism Lactobacillus acidophilus

Carlos Juarez-Guzman

Carlos Juarez-Guzman is a PhD student in the Cris Argueso lab where he studies plant responses to stimuli.


Tymofiy Lutsiv is from Ukraine and is a PhD student in the Henry Thompson Lab where he studies the connections between diet, health and the microbiome.


Xutong Shi is currently working in the Telling Lab and has been admitted to join CMB as a PhD student in Spring 2023.

CMB Post-Doc - Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee is from Taiwan and is a PhD student in the Keara Boss lab where he studies radio-oncology.


Connor King is a PhD student in the Jean Peccoud Lab studying virus evolution in silico.

Resources for Current Students:

Creating an Inclusive and Respectful Environment for Biomedical Research

Even though huge strides have been made in improving recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minorities in STEM fields, gender, racial and other biases persist, damaging research integrity and resulting in a completely unacceptable loss of talent. Moreover, the advancement of URM and female PhD students to post-doctoral and faculty positions continues to lag behind that of white males. Improving the climate and culture for women and minorities requires that individuals acknowledge that implicit and explicit biases persist in biomedical research environments and acquire the ability to recognize incidents of bias and intervene or prevent them. To achieve this, we have adapted a program (ADVANCE-Geo) that has been successful in improving the culture for female geoscientists. Trained CSU faculty will engage other faculty, staff and trainees in discussions surrounding climate and culture. Bystander intervention strategies will be shared. Faculty and trainees will be guided in how to create Codes of Conduct for their labs and Departments.

Graduate Center for Inclusive Mentoring (GCIM)

GCIM is committed to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all students. Some of the several services that GCIM provides include professional development and socialization activities, recruitment and retention programs with emphasis on graduate students from diverse populations and activities / programs that prepare students as strong candidates for graduate school.

Graduate Center for Inclusive Mentoring
108 Student Services
Phone: (970)491-6818

Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center offers accommodations and support to students with functional limitations due to visual, hearing, learning or mobility disabilities as well as to students who have specific physical or mental health conditions due to epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, AIDS, psychiatric diagnoses, etc. Students that are temporarily disabled are also eligible for support and assistance.

Moreover, the Student Disability Center offers plenty of resources and guidelines to faculty members and Graduate Teaching Assistants for classroom reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities enrolled in the course and / or program.

TILT Building, Room 121
Email: Rose.Kreston@colostate.edu
Phone: (970)491-6385

Pride Resource Center

The Pride Resource Center provides resources and support for all CSU community members to explore and increase their understanding of sexual/romantic orientation, gender, and identity intersection.

Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Lory Student Center, Room 232
Phone: (970)491-4342
Email: glbt_studentservices@colostate.edu

Todos Juntos

Todos Juntos is a program run through El Centro specifically for graduate students. Its goal is to create a friendly environment for Latinx graduate students, make connections, and build a community.

Phone: (970)491-5722

Black/African American Cultural Center

The Black / African American Cultural Center assists students that identify as or with the Black / African American culture with their transition to CSU and throughout their academic careers by providing support and encouragement for their academic, professional, cultural, and personal development.

Lory Student Center,  Room 335
Phone: (970)491-5781
Email:  BAACC_email@Mail.Colostate.edu

Support for Undocumented Students

CSU is committed to providing a high quality education to all qualified students, regardless of background – including citizenship status.  We welcome undocumented students to Colorado State and have compiled resources to help undocumented students with their application.

Phone: Priscilla Gardea at (970)491-6454
Email: Priscilla.Gardea@colostate.edu
Website: Admissions for Undocumented Students

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The mission of ISSS is to provide assistance and support with the educational experience of students, faculty and community offering quality services to international students and scholars and intercultural programming for the campus and community.

ISSS provides help with immigration documentation, advising, cross – cultural programming and orientation for international students, scholars and their family members.

Phone: (970)491-5917

Ask an advisor: Staff members within ISSS serve as advisors that can meet with you and help with any immigration documentation.

Women in Science

Women in science organization is committed to advancing women in science at all levels. Their mission is to develop a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes and empowers all women in science.

Email: wisnetwork@colostate.edu