Office of the Vice President for Research


Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging



Areas of Expertise

Healthy aging, Translational medicine

Nicole Ehrhart

Dr. Ehrhart is the director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at Colorado State University. She is one of the university’s foremost experts on translational medicine, and brings an interdisciplinary approach to expanding the human “healthspan” – the period where disease does not limit quality of life.

Ehrhart was the first woman to be granted a University-level endowed chair at CSU – the Ross M. Wilkins M.D. Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Oncology and Biology. She is a board-certified veterinary surgeon, a professor of surgical oncology and a research faculty member at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center.

Ehrhart holds joint faculty positions in the School of Biomedical Engineering, the Cell and Molecular Biology program, the Gates Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Colorado, and the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

In addition to her research, Ehrhart has held several leadership positions in national and international organizations, such as the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology, Veterinary Orthopedic Society (President) and chair of the 2014 World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress Committee.

Ehrhart earned her M.S. from CSU, and her D.V.M. from the University of Pennsylvania.