John Ryniawec (GPMM student), Dan Buster, PhD, Gregory Rogers, PhD and their collaborators recently published a new study in the journal Developmental Cell. They show a new mechanism linking the centrosome biogenesis machinery with the mitotic spindle orientation apparatus in Drosophila stem cells. Their work also reveals a new role for the kinase Polo-like kinase 4 in promoting centrosome disassembly. More information can be found here: PMID: 31130353
The Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway (P-MAP) program recently relaunched with their sixth cohort of students for the 2019-2020 academic year. P-MAP assists a select cohort of gifted and talented students each year who represent Arizona’s culturally and economically diverse population. Upon successful completion of this program, students earn a master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the University of Arizona and automatically are accepted into the College of Medicine – Tucson. With its relaunch, P-MAP has been redesigned with more intensive curricular outcomes, including increased exposure to medical school academic content, guided research, and socialization into the profession of medicine. Read more here
Congratulations to Samantha Harris, PhD for her promotion to full Professor, and to Julie Ledford, PhD for her promotion to Associate Professor!
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.
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
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).