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Division Of Natural Sciences & MathematicsMolecular and Cellular Biophysics Program

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics


Molecular and Cellular Biophysics (MCB) Doctoral Program

Located in Denver, Colorado the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Ph.D. (MCB) program provides opportunities for doctoral studies in the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. Participation of faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics & Astronomy enhances the strength and breadth of our program by incorporating cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to research. The MCB Ph.D. program is centered on research activities that coincide with faculty experience and expertise. Areas of research in the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics program include super resolution microscopy, developmental dynamics, protein folding, protein network analysis, signal transduction cascades, single molecule biophysics, cellular physiology, and the development of novel imaging techniques. Projects at the interface of traditional disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry as well as methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling are particularly encouraged.

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The Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Ph.D. program offers both a core foundation in biophysical theory and practice, yet provides flexibility and individualized attention such that students with diverse scientific backgrounds will have the opportunity to be trained in molecular and cellular biophysics. During their first year in the program, students conduct lab rotations, take a year-long course sequence that covers foundations of molecular and cellular biophysics and take additional graduate courses to supplement their undergraduate training. At the end of their first year, students will join the lab in which they will conduct their thesis research. The university is located in Denver, Colorado next to the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range.  Our program offers graduate students an opportunity to learn within a vibrant intellectual community.  The size of our departments is an important advantage to our graduate students.  We are both large enough to provide cutting edge research facilities and training yet small enough to guarantee close faculty-student interactions.  This tight knit culture is one of the major attractions of the graduate programs at the University of Denver. 

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Students with strong quantitative undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics) who desire to apply these skills to various biological problems, as well as students with a background in cell or molecular biology with a solid foundation in mathematics and physics are particularly encouraged to apply. Financial aid is usually offered in the form of Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships, which cover tuition costs and provide a stipend for living expenses.