The graduate program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) is designed to provide students with diverse opportunities for acquiring a strong foundation in molecular biology of RNA and DNA, molecular genetics, cell motility and cytoskeleton, cell membranes, and developmental genetics and applying it toward the generation of new knowledge through research. Topics of current research include: RNA structure and functions, astrobiology, control of gene expression, control of the cell cycle, assembly and function of the cytoskeleton and intracellular organelles, signal transduction, genetic control of development in Drosophila (flies), C. elegans (worms), and mice.
Requires 30 hours of approved graduate course work, in addition to the minimum 30 hours of dissertation credit hours required by the Graduate School, three laboratory rotations, two semesters of teaching; successful completion of a preliminary and comprehensive exam; and a successful dissertation defense and presentation of a departmental seminar. There is no foreign language requirement.
Minimum Standards for Applicants
Successful candidates are expected to have some research experience.
MCDB is committed to supporting all of its students.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of MCD Biology
Graduate Program Assistant
Boulder, CO 80309-0347