Research

Innovation, Collaboration, Discovery.

We work at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. Our expertise in the life sciences forms the foundation of our biomedical, environmental health, and veterinary research.

To solve complex problems facing our planet, we invest in basic science, applied science, and emerging infectious diseases, and in the discovery and delivery of new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tools.

World-Renowned Research

Animal Health
Biological Systems
Cancer
Environmental Health
Imaging and Diagnostics
Infectious Disease
Orthopedics
Reproduction
70% of students work in a research laboratory
3 dozen + ongoing clinical trials
$258 million in research expenditures in FY2018

Centers and Institutes

Home to diverse biomedical, environmental health, and veterinary research programs that advance science and technology to improve and save lives, our centers and institutes promote scholarship in teaching, training and research, provide academic support services, and perform outreach consistent with the mission of the University.

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Foundational research is hard. Scientists are true pioneers of the 21st century. We stand at the horizon of discovery with no manual or textbook to reference when generating new ideas and how to test them. We simply climb on the shoulders of scientists who pushed forward the scientific frontier before us. Up to 90% of our experiments fail. But that makes that one experiment in ten that reveals something new all the more exciting and rewarding.

Dr. Mark Zabel, Associate Dean for Research

Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduate and graduate students can participate in hands-on learning experiences through mentorship from faculty, and connecting with researchers and peers.

Animal Health Innovation Fund

From developing new drug therapies for common cancers in dogs to better treatments for feline liver failure, the Animal Health Innovation fund catalyzes clinical research to ensure animals live longer, better lives. With help from clinics, veterinarians, alumni, and other generous supporters, our faculty aim to address the increasing demand for relevant research in improving animal health.

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Research News

More Research Stories

Nature/Lab Animal: Keeping an eye on the human-animal interface

Sometimes, symptoms of a disease are obvious – think of the mass mortality events observed in crows infected with West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne virus that can also cause febrile illness in humans), says Angela Bosco-Lauth, a virologist and veterinarian and at Colorado State University. Often, signs are much subtler – if they are there at all.

People Magazine: Nearly Paralyzed French Bulldog Walking Again Thanks to New Surgery and a Little Bit of Luck

“Bart was exactly the perfect patient,” said Bart’s surgeon Lisa Bartner, a faculty neurologist at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Herniated discs are very common in French bulldogs and other breeds with short legs and long backs.

CU Anschutz News: Cancer Patient Sees Total Remission with Cell Therapy Created by CU Anschutz Scientists

Heather Pidcoke, 56, a physician, medical researcher and now a patient, was among the first to receive the locally produced `UCD19 CAR-T cells.’ Pidcoke is now back at work as chief medical research officer at Colorado State University.

Fox31: Help cure canine cancer

VIDEO: A CSU oncologist is researching a vaccination to prevent canine cancer. “The goal of this is really unique in that we are trying to prevent cancer in the first place.” -Dr. Doug Thamm

Canine epilepsy brought Stephanie McGrath from the clinic floor to CBD clinical trials

McGrath’s passion for and expertise in naturally occurring disease research earned her the 2020 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

Neurology clinical trial seeks paralyzed dogs for minimally invasive spinal surgery

Two Colorado State University veterinarians are seeking dogs for pilot study of a novel spinal surgery to improve the success of the procedure, minimize post-operative discomfort, and decrease complications for paralyzed dogs.

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