The CSD Program organizes a weekly seminar series, which is arranged around lectures by invited outside speakers, and is a venue for CSD student and postdoc presentations. Seminars series include: Research In Progress and Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development Graduate Program.

Seminars are Wednesdays at 12:00 noon MST unless otherwise noted. Please email Office of Research Educationif you wish to be added or removed from the CSD Seminar email list.

Contact Linda Barlow for questions and suggestions.
Contact the Office of Research Education for administrative assistance.



The Program also hosts an annual research retreat at a mountain location each Fall where faculty, postdocs and students present their work in both talk and poster formats.


Location: The Village Hotel, Breckenridge, CO 
Dates: October 7-8, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Margot Williams, Baylor College of Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Retreat Chair: Sue Majka PhD
Student Retreat Organizers: Katie Alemany and Wolf Schleicher


Location: The Village Hotel, Breckenridge, CO 
Dates: October 8-9, 2021
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kristen Verhey, University of Michigan, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
Retreat Chair: Eszter Vladar, PhD
Student Retreat Organizers: Katie Alemany and Kyle Northington


Location: The Village Hotel, Breckenridge, CO 
Dates: October 11-12, 2019 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deepak Lamba, University of California at San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology
Retreat Chair: Emily Bates
Student Retreat Organizers: Heather Brown and Alex Theis


Location: DoubleTree, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: October 13-14, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julie C. Canman, Columbia University Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Retreat Chair: Holger Russ
Student and Postdoc Retreat Organizers: Eric Peterman, Heather Clancy and Amber Ismael


Location: DoubleTree, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: October 14-15, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ramesh Shivdasani, The Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Program at Harvard
Retreat Chair: Tobias Eckle
Student Retreat Organizers: Jennifer Jones and Eric Peterman


Location: DoubleTree, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: October 9-10, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Alex Joyner, Sloan-Kettering Institute
Retreat Chair: Julie Siegenthaler
Student Retreat Organizers: Jason Williams and Jennifer Jones


Location: DoubleTree, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: October 10-11, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Roel Nusse, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Retreat Chair: Jeffrey Moore
Student Retreat Organizers: David Castillo and Jason Williams


Location: DoubleTree, Breckenridge, CO
Dates: October 11-12, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Noggle, The New York Stem Cell Foundation
Retreat Chair: Tania Reis
Student Retreat Organizers: David Castillo and Heather Ray


Location: Rocky Mountain Park Inn, Estes Park, CO
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hermann Steller, The Rockefeller University
Retreat Chair: Lee Niswander
Student Retreat Organizers: Davalyn Powell and Heather Ray

2012 CSD Retreat Award Winners:
Best Talk by a Student or Post-Doc: Alex Blasky, CSD Student
Best Poster:
1st Place, Dongying Li, CSD Student
2nd Place, Davalyn Powell, CSD Student
3rd Place, Brian Bayless, CSD Student


Journal Clubs

The CSD program has 2 ongoing journal clubs. One is a student run club, attended by CSD students only. The other is open to all (faculty, students, postdocs, staff). Both journal clubs meet twice a month, to discuss cutting edge papers with broad appeal to our group. In addition to these 2 main program journal clubs, CSD students participate in many other campus journal clubs, such as Cell Biology Journal Club; Development Biology Journal Club; Glia Cell Journal Club; and Cell Fate Journal Club.

CSD Student Journal Club | The CSD Student journal club is a biweekly student run journal club, where CSD students partake in presenting papers that are related to their projects or are of general interest to the field. The journal club is aimed to create and emphasize an interdisciplinary environment for our students so that students become familiar with more than just their immediate area of interest, while learning about the interests of their peers in the program. Every CSD student has the opportunity to pick a paper and distribute it to the rest of the students the week prior so students have a chance to read the paper and think of discussion questions. The journal club takes the format of an open discussion where the student who selects the paper will take leadership in presenting the appropriate background, figures and leading the discussion. Journal club is also an opportunity for students to discuss various projects related to the program such as recruitment and the annual program wide retreat. Finally, students have the opportunity to practice their talks during journal club and get feedback from their peers, thereby creating a supportive and collaborative environment among students.

CSD Shop Talk | The CSD Shop Talk (formerly Program Journal Club) meets from 3 pm - 4 pm on Fridays, biweekly in the 12th floor conference room of RC1 South. All interested individuals, including graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical research fellows, professional research assistants and faculty, are invited to participate. Any topic relevant to cell and developmental biology and stem cells is welcome. Contact Shop Talk organizer Christian Mosimann for more information



CSD Students have the opportunity to become more involved in teaching, outreach, mentorship, and professional development.

On May 5, 2017 the Cell Biology, Stem Cell, and Development (CSD) Graduate Program welcomed 20 middle school students to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to experience real scientists at work.

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