• Clark Lantz, PhD

    Understanding How Early Life Environmental Exposures Leads to Adult Disease

  • Gus Mouneimne, PhD

    Understanding How Cytoskeletal Architecture Regulates Cancer Metastasis

  • Jared Churko, PhD

    Informatics to Understand Cardiovascular Development and Disease Mechanisms

  • Nathan Ellis, PhD

    Aberrant DNA Replication and Genomic Instability

  • Jean Wilson, PhD

    Cell biology of barrier function in inflammatory bowel diseases

  • Brett Colson, PhD

    Deciphering the Structural Basis for Muscle Contraction at the Molecular Level

  • Darren Cusanovich, PhD

    Understanding How the Genome Regulates Diverse Cell Types in Development and Disease

  • Keith Maggert, PhD

    Understanding the Origins of Genome Instability

  • Curtis Thorne, PhD

    Discovering Signals Controlling Cell Fate of Regenerative Tissues

  • Tom Doetschman, PhD

    Synergistic Activities of TGFbeta Deficiency and the Gut Microbiome in Colon Cancer

  • Noel Warfel, PhD

    Modeling the Effects of Hypoxia on Cancer Cells and Tumor Angiogenesis

  • Carol Gregorio, PhD

    Cytoskeletal Proteins in Striated Muscle Health and Disease


    A Thriving Environment for Biomedical Discovery

  • Casey Romanoski, PhD

    Systems Genetics Approaches to Identify Mechanisms of Complex Diseases

  • Cynthia Miranti, PhD

    Targeting the Extracellular Matrix and Tumor Microenvironment


Message from the Chair

The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisciplinary environment through research activities, to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.


Statewide Symposium! May 17-18

Statewide Symposium in Regenerative Medicine


The Statewide Symposium will bring together Arizona's lead scientists, clinicians, and other industry leaders in the areas of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Technical and scientific sessions will highlight emerging research in the areas of developmental biology, disease modeling, and translational cell therapy. A pre-conference workshop will provide select students and researchers an opportunity to receive hands-on training in pluripotent stem cell culture and manipulation. Following the meeting, a post-conference stakeholder’s forum will allow for the development of a strategic collaborative plan to foster the development of Arizona as a leader in regenerative medicine research, education, and workforce development. Due to generous support from the Arizona Board of Regents and our sponsors, there is no fee to attend the Symposium

Drs. Samantha Harris and Julie Ledford Promoted (May 15, 2019)

Congratulations to Samantha Harris, PhD for her promotion to full Professor, and to Julie Ledford, PhD for her promotion to Associate Professor!


Dr. Noel Warfel receives Idea Development Award from Department of Defense (May 1, 2019)

Noel Warfel, PhD was awarded an Idea Development Award from the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program to study the role of PIM kinases in prostate cancer invasion and metastasis, as well as test new strategies to improve the treatment of patients with bone-metastatic prostate cancer.

Dr. Donata Vercelli Receives Prestigious Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize (April 16, 2019)

Donata Vercelli, MD - Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine - was recently awarded the Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for her long-standing scientific expertise and research contributions towards preventing childhood asthma.  Read more

Welcome to incoming GPMM Students (April 1, 2019)

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is delighted to welcome the following new Molecular Medicine PhD students to our department: Hao Zhang (Cusanovich Lab) and Yaeren Hernandez (Granzier Lab).   We also extend a friendly welcome to the following PhD students who will be working in labs with CMM faculty: Selina Kindelay (Genetics GIDP - Maggert Lab) and Reeba Varghese (Cancer Bio GIDP - Thorne Lab).

PRE-Symposium Workshop! May 15 - May 17

Pre-Symposium Workshop:  Introduction to Working with Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

The 3-day pre-symposium workshop will be held Wednesday May 15 to Friday May 17, 2019 at 12:30pm. It will provide undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or research scientists a hands-on introduction to culture and manipulations of human pluripotent stem cells.

(There are a limited number of slots and selection will be determined by the symposium planning committee.)

There is no fee to attend the workshop, but registration is required.

In addition, travel costs, meals, and lodging will be covered for selected participants. Applications must be received by Friday, April 1, 2019.


For further information contact: Jared Churko, Assistant Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (520) 626-2347 or jchurko@email.arizona.edu

Event Location: 

Friday and Saturday, May 17 - 18, 2019 ASU - Sky Song, Synergy I & II, Building 3 1475 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, Arizona



Drs. Ledford and Kraft win $10K UA Shark Tank Prize

Drs. Julie Ledford, PhD (left) and Monica Kraft, MD (right) win the $10,000 prize during UA Research Day's ‘Shark Tank’ Event for their pitch on a new, inhaled therapeutic for the treatment of asthma and potentially even COPD, cystic fibrosis and pneumonia.