The graduate programs in Biology are research-based and provide an opportunity for instruction and mentorship from world-class faculty studying both basic and applied problems in biology. This strong, shared culture of mentorship provides the unique opportunity for close collaboration and for high-quality, individually directed mentoring by advisors and advisory committees. The programs include a number of formal and informal activities designed to promote a strong sense of community among all students on campus. Faculty advisors for the programs are from the Departments of Integrative Biology, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Craniofacial Biology, Geography, Mathematics, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, and Psychology; additional faculty advisors are affiliated with Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Botanic Gardens.
PhD Student Graduates:
Dr. Adrienne Narrowe- Thesis Title: Genome-Enabled Resolution of Archaeal Diversity in Methane-Cycling Wetlands. Dr. Narrowe is our first Integrative and Systems Biology doctoral program graduate and will be doing postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University and Colorado State University.
Dr. Munira Lantz - Thesis Title: Impacts of environmental change on freshwater nitrite oxidation.
Dr. Paul Le - Thesis Title: Facilitating inclusion and access of undergraduate students in large-enrollment science classrooms.
Dr. Feyza Yilmaz - Thesis Title: Title: Structural Variants in Health and Disease
Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Pansing - Thesis Title: Assessing the impacts of climate-altered fire regimes on population and community dynamics in Rocky Mountain Forests
March 30, 2020:
Dr. Lamya'a Dawud - Thesis Title: The Effects of Post-weaning Social Isolation on Social Fear Conditioning
Masters Student Graduates:
Benjamin Lagasse - Thesis Title: Population Connectivity and Migratory Dynamics of the Dunlin (Calidris alpina) along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
Liam Cullinane - Thesis Title: City Bees: An Investigation of the Drivers of Bee Abundance and Bee Richness Along a Rural-to-Urban Gradient
Margo Pace - Thesis Title: Beaver Dam Analogs Impact Riparian Plant Communities
Marianne Davenport - Thesis Title: Variability in Adult Reproductive Diapause of the Spruce Beetle, Dendroctonus rufipennis
Tyler Michels - Thesis Title: Spatiotemporal patterns of habitat use during incubation by a uniparental shorebird in a heterogeneous landscape
Maria Nikulkova - Thesis Title: Novel Genomes Reveal Phylogenetic Breadth and Metabolic Insights for the Candidate Phylum Aenigmarchaeota
Paige Friedentag - Thesis Title: Impacts of Exposure to Polysluorinated Alkyl Substances Contaminated Groundwater on Reproductive Biomarkers in Fathead Minnow, Pimephales Promelas
Emily Scott - Thesis Title: Effect of Serotonin on Mating Success in Teleopsis dalmanni
Megan Cerney - Thesis Title: Differential Expression of Oct Paralogs During Early Development of Xenopus Laevis
Richard Jones - Thesis Title: An empirical evaluation of traditional taxonomic characters in North American solifuges / Indications of site fidelity in solifuges at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Erin Sanders - Non Thesis MS: The Effects of Dopamine on Mating Receptivity of Stalk-eyed Flies.