• Dr. Donata Vercelli was named a 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow

  • The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona is home to leaders in many areas of biomedical research.

  • College of Medicine iCourses provide flexible, stackable learning opportunities for pre-professional students.

  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University students can participate in a joint graduate degree program featuring coursework in Cellular & Molecular Medicine from UArizona—entirely in India.


Message from the Interim Chair

Mission: To improve the quality of human life by advancing the understanding of health and disease through basic and translational research, and imparting this knowledge through medical and graduate training, in pursuit of better health for everyone.

The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is achieved by providing pre- and post-doctoral, medical, graduate, and undergraduate education in an interdisciplinary environment through research activities, teaching, and service, to advance knowledge of biology as related to normal function and disease at the cellular and molecular level.

Recent Publications

  • Evaluation of Swab-Seq as a scalable, sensitive assay for community surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    Author(s): H.J. Kang; S. Allison; A. Spangenberg; T. Carr; R. Sprissler; M. Halonen; D.A. Cusanovich
    Date Published: 23 FEB 2022
    PMCID: PMC8866503  PMID: 35197492
  • Gene Expression Patterns Associated with Survival in Glioblastoma.
    Author(s): C. Morrison; E. Weterings; N. Gravbrot; M. Hammer; M. Weinand; A. Sanan; R. Pandey; D. Mahadevan; B. Stea
    Date Published: 2024 Mar 25
    PMCID: PMC11011684  PMID: 38612480
  • Differential landscape of immune evasion in oncogenic RAS-driven primary and metastatic colorectal cancers.
    Author(s): E. Lou; J. Xiu; Y. Baca; A. Saeed; A. Prakash; S. Gholami; S. Subramanian; T.K. Starr; E. Fontana; R. Pandey; H.J. Lenz; A.F. Shields; C. Nabhan; M. Oberley; A. Seeber; W. El-Deiry
    Date Published: 2024 Mar 21
    PMCID: PMC10963927  PMID: 38596288
  • Lmod2 is necessary for effective skeletal muscle contraction.
    Author(s): T.M. Larrinaga; G.P. Farman; R.M. Mayfield; M. Yuen; R.C. Ahrens-Nicklas; S.T. Cooper; C.T. Pappas; C.C. Gregorio
    Date Published: 2024 Mar 15
    PMCID: PMC10936868  PMID: 38478604
  • Administration of a Bacterial Lysate to the Airway Compartment Is Sufficient to Inhibit Allergen-Induced Lung Eosinophilia in Germ-free Mice.
    Author(s): A.N. Michael; O. Pivniouk; P.C. Ezeh; S. Banskar; S. Hahn; A. DeVries; K. O'Connell; V. Pivniouk; D. Vercelli
    Date Published: 2024 Mar 12
    PMID: 38470858

Recent News

Neuron to organ-scale imaging tracks the complex visual circuits of bird brains
Apr 15 2024 - 3:00pm

CMM Associate Professor Dr. Paul Gignac and colleagues integrate histological and diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography (diceCT) to bring new insights into the anatomical and physiological organization of avian visual systems. Click to read more.

Dr. Paul Gignac Awarded NSF Grant for Advancing 3D Digital Anatomy
Apr 2 2024 - 12:15pm

Associate Professor Paul Gignac in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and colleagues have been awarded a $2 Million NSF Cyberinfrastructure grant to develop a cloud-based, open-source platform for 3D digital anatomy research and education. The project marks a significant step towards enhancing collaborative scientific research and educational practices in the digital age. Click to read more.

Cancer Research Spotlight: Curtis Thorne, PhD
Mar 28 2024 - 11:00am

The lab of Dr. Curtis Thorne focuses on finding a cure for colorectal cancer. Dr. Thorne's lab was featured in a UArizona Cancer Center article and video. Click to read more.

Researchers Discover Role of Lmod2 in Muscle Contraction
Mar 28 2024 - 10:00am

PhD student Tania Larrinaga, under the mentorship of Drs. Carol Gregorio and Chris Pappas, was first author on a paper which explains the role of Lmod2, a critical actin filament length regulator, in muscle contraction. These findings have important implications for human health, suggesting that muscle function should be monitored in people with Lmod2 mutations. Click to read more.