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Graduate Research

Master's and PhD research takes place in areas of faculty expertise including atmospheric health and environment, human health and brain function and molecular synthesis.

Graduate students receive full tuition and a nine-month stipend as they pursue master's or PhD degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, working as either graduate research assistants (GRAs) or graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). All first-year graduate students teach during all three academic quarters in their first year. In addition, GRAs work extensively on their thesis research in the summer with support from their faculty advisor's grant funding.

Interested in applying for a GRA? Reach out to faculty directly to inquire about positions.

Faculty Directory
  • Current Graduate Students

    Jemil Ahmed
    Pursuing a PhD (molecular and cellular biophysics)
    Advisor: Scott Horowitz

    Richard Ayikpoe 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: John Latham

    Brody Bills
    Pursuing a PhD (molecular and cellular biophysics)
    Advisor: Michelle Knowles

    Westley Cruces 
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Brian Michel

    Rachel Davey
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Alex Huffman

    DaQuawn (Moose) Edwards
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Andrei Kutateladze

    Ana Franklin
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Erich Chapman

    Vishnu Govindarajan
    Pursuing a PhD (molecular and cellular biophysics)
    Advisor: John Latham

    Tina Holt 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Andrei Kutateladze

    Dmitry Kuznetsov
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Andrei Kutateladze

    Ted Litberg
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Scott Horowitz

    Anarkali Mahmood 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Michelle Knowles

    Rachel Marini 
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Brian Majestic

    Joseph McPeak
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Sandra Eaton and Gareth Eaton

    Thacien Ngendahimana
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Sandra Eaton and Gareth Eaton

    Nguyen, Linda
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Scott Horowitz

    Runberg, Heather
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Brian Majestic

    Joseph Salazar 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Brian Majestic

    Justin Shady
    Pursuing an MS
    Advisor: Martin Margittai

    Yilin Shi
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Sandra Eaton and Gareth Eaton

    Nicole Shoup 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Bryan Cowen

    Benjamin Swanson 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Alex Huffman

    Brandon Taylor
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Brian Michel

    Sacha Toussaint 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Brian Michel

    Alan Weisgerber
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Michelle Knowles

    Hilary Weismiller
    Pursuing a PhD (molecular and cellular biophysics)
    Advisor: Martin Margittai

    Lukas Woodcock 
    Pursuing a PhD
    Advisor: Sandra Eaton and Gareth Eaton

    Tania Wyss
    Pursuing an MA 
    Advisor: Michelle Knowles and Erich Chapman

  • Current Postdocs

    Sai Reddy Doda
    Advisor: Andrei Kutateladze

    Deepak Huple
    Advisor: Andrei Kutateladze

    Ahyun Son
    Advisor: Scott Horowitz

    Welch, William
    Advisor: Erich Chapman

Funding & Support

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    Grant Application Support

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

    Visit ORSP

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    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

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    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