• Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University students can earn two master’s degrees at once—including an MS in Cellular & Molecular Medicine from UArizona—entirely in India.

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

  • Dr. Donata Vercelli — Awared $10M P01 grant from the NIH NIAID to study the impact of microbial exposures on the immune responses and childhood asthma across the US/Mexico border.

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


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.

Recent Publications

  • Mutations as a Driver of Metastasis Signaling in Advanced Cancer Patients.
    Author(s): R. Pandey; N. Johnson; L. Cooke; B. Johnson; Y. Chen; M. Pandey; J. Chandler; D. Mahadevan
    Date Published: 2021 Feb 03
    PMID: 33546249
  • Targeting PIM Kinases to Overcome Therapeutic Resistance in Cancer.
    Author(s): R.K. Toth; N.A. Warfel
    Date Published: 2021 01
    PMID: 33303645
  • SARS-COV2 and common immunodominant regions may explain low COVID-19 incidence in the malaria-endemic belt.
    Author(s): M.Am Iesa; M.Em Osman; M.A. Hassan; A.Ia Dirar; N. Abuzeid; J.J. Mancuso; R. Pandey; A.A. Mohammed; M.J. Borad; H.M. Babiker; E.He Konozy
    Date Published: 2020 Nov 19
    PMCID: PMC7674012  PMID: 33230417
  • Systems Genetics in Human Endothelial Cells Identifies Non-coding Variants Modifying Enhancers, Expression, and Complex Disease Traits.
    Author(s): L.K. Stolze; A.C. Conklin; M.B. Whalen; M.López Rodríguez; K. Õunap; I. Selvarajan; A. Toropainen; T. Örd; J. Li; A. Eshghi; A.E. Solomon; Y. Fang; M.U. Kaikkonen; C.E. Romanoski
    Date Published: 2020 May 16
    PMID: 32442411
  • Study of the Expression Transition of Cardiac Myosin Using Polarization-Dependent SHG Microscopy.
    Author(s): C. Yuan; X. Zhao; Z. Wang; T.K. Borg; T. Ye; Z.I. Khalpey; R.B. Runyan; Y. Shao; B.Z. Gao
    Date Published: 2020 Mar 10
    PMCID: PMC7063480  PMID: 31995740


Cusanovich Lab develops new single-cell epigenomic assay and surveys gene regulation across human tissues in Science (November 12, 2020)

Work from Research Assistant Professor Darren Cusanovich, PhD's Laboratory in collaboration with his former colleagues at the University of Washington developed a new single-cell chromatin assay that can generate data on 100s of thousands or millions of cells at a time.

Dr. Darren Cusanovich receives $1.8M Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award for Early Stage Investigators (ESI MIRA) R35 from NIGMS (August 21, 2020)

Research Assistant Professor Darren Cusanovich, PhD, recently received an ESI MIRA R35 grant, a 5-year award for early career investigators from the NIGMS, for his proposal entitled "Beyond Pseudotime: Enhanced Single-cell Genomics Tools for Understanding the Temporal Dynamics of Development and Disease."

Romanoski Lab links DNA polymorphisms to individual disease risk in AJHG (June 4, 2020)

Research from Dr. Casey Romanoski's Laboratory - led by Genetics PhD student Lindsey Stolze - linked polymorphisms in people's DNA sequence with molecular characteristics of how cells convert genetic code into the building blocks for proteins.

Granzier Lab describes new model of nemaline myopathy in Nature Communications (June 3, 2020)

Johan Lindqvist, PhD and the laboratory of Henk Granzier, PhD recently published a paper in Nature Communications describing a novel mouse model of nemaline myopathy, a heterogenous disease with unclear pathological mechanisms.

Dr. Helen Amerongen receives 2020 Faculty Mentoring Award (May 21, 2020)

Helen Amerongen, PhD was recently awarded a 2020 College of Medicine Mentoring Award

Dr. Darren Cusanovich selected for a University of Arizona Health Sciences Career Development Award (April 30, 2020)

The University of Arizona Health Sciences Career Development Awards (CDA) program recently selected research assistant professor Darren Cusanovich, PhD as one of four recipients in its latest round of awards

Upcoming Events

CMM Seminar Series: Yaeren Hernandez, PhD Student
Thursday 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/88084716139 Passcode: 618899

CMM Special Seminar - Dr. Francesca Polverino
Monday 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Tissue Digital Spatial Profiling: A New Frontier of Proteomics and Transcriptomics

https://arizona.zoom.us/j/82926100003 Password: 842853

CMM Seminar Series: Dr. Helen Piwnica-Worms
Thursday 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/99963202588 Passcode: 961115


Dr. Carol Gregorio was recently appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Global Health Sciences and interim Executive Director of UArizona Health Sciences Global and Online.

Drs. Curtis Thorne (left) and Koenraad Van Doorslaer (right) were featured on Tucson News KOLD-TV to discuss their high-throughput assay that tracks the effect of FDA approved drugs on novel coronavirus replication in lung cells.