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Graduate Research

Our department's research programs in ecology, biodiversity and evolutionary biology are led by faculty experts in conservation biology, biome ecology, behavioral evolution and forest ecology. Cell and molecular biology research is focused on cell processes, protein behavior, virus behavior, membrane trafficking, forensic genetics, neurobiology and neurodegenerative disease.

Graduate students outside of the professional science master's program work in research assistantship (GRA) or teaching assistantship (GTA) positions. These positions come with an award to fully cover tuition and provide a nine-month stipend. Most students also work extensively on their thesis research in the summer with support from their faculty advisors' research grants. GRAs also act as assistants in faculty research labs.

GRA funding is provided through the faculty mentor's research grant funds. Students may apply for a GRA by contacting individual faculty in the department.

Breaking Interdisciplinary Ground

Earn your PhD in Biophysics

Since its inception in 2008, the molecular and cellular biophysics PhD program has grown to include 16 faculty members across disciplines in biological sciences, physics, chemistry and biochemistry. 

Biophysics students and faculty explore groundbreaking collaborative research and gain new insight into cell function utilizing novel imaging technology and computational analysis.

Current Graduate Students

  • Graduate Research Assistants

    Catherine Brown
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Phil Danielson

    Christian Burns
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Cedric Asensio

    Stephen Gross
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Erich Kushner

    Nicholas Groves
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Schuyler van Engelenburg

    Anne Henry
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Anna Sher

    Huxley Hoffman
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Schuyler van Engelenburg

    Eva Horna Lowell
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Shannon Murphy

    Blake Hummer
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Cedric Asensio

    Drew Maslar
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Cedric Asensio

    Heather McKiernan (Mazzanti)
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Phil Danielson

    Randall Mazzarino
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: David Patterson

    Hui Miao
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Todd Blankenship

    Megan Millage
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Todd Blankenship

    Taylor Minckley
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Yan Qin

    Nairi Pezeshkian
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Schuyler van Engelenburg

    Emily Starke
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Scott Barbee

    Amelia Webb
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Erich Kushner

    Yi Xie
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Todd Blankenship

    Chen Zhang
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Yan Qin

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants

    Jeffrey Colgren
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Scott Nichols

    Bernadette Doyle
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Scott Nichols

    Caitlin Francis
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Erich Kushner

    Dylan Fudge
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Yan Qin

    James Gallagher
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Robin Tinghitella

    Alexander Goetz
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Anna Sher

    Alexander Goke
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Patrick Martin

    Claudia Hallagan
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Shannon Murphy and Robin Tinghitella

    Brianne Hoglin
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Robert Dores

    Kelsie Hunnicut
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Erica Larson

    Clara Jenck
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Tom Quinn

    Lilia Koza
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Dan Linseman

    Whitley Lehto
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Robin Tinghitella

    Claudia Pena
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Dan Linseman

    Srivalli Puttagunta
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Dan Linseman

    Alexandra Sandberg
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Dan Linseman

    Brittany Sprout
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Anna Sher

    Daniel Swann
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Patrick Martin

    Brooke Washburn
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Robin Tinghitella

    Emily Wilkinson
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Joe Angelson

    Jacob Wilson
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Shannon Murphy and Robin Tinghitella

Funding & Support

  • Grant Application Support

    DU's Office of Sponsored Research & Programs can help you through the process of applying for research funding from federal, non-federal and internal sources.

    Visit ORSP

  • Graduate Student Resources

    The Office of Graduate Studies offers several centrally-funded awards as well as workshops and resources for students involved in research.

    Email Graduate Studies at DU

  • Professional Development Grants

    Graduate Student Professional Development Grants provide financial support for conference presentations, exhibitions and performances, thesis and dissertation-related expenses and travel fares.

    Learn More

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