• Jean Wilson, PhD

    Cell biology of barrier function in inflammatory bowel diseases

  • Clark Lantz, PhD

    Understanding How Early Life Environmental Exposures Leads to Adult Disease


    Training Our Next Leaders in Biomedical Research

  • Cynthia Miranti, PhD

    Targeting the Extracellular Matrix and Tumor Microenvironment

  • Carol Gregorio, PhD

    Cytoskeletal Proteins in Striated Muscle Health and Disease

  • Samantha Harris, PhD

    Understanding Myosin Binding Protein-C in Health and Disease

  • Nathan Ellis, PhD

    Aberrant DNA Replication and Genomic Instability

  • Brett Colson, PhD

    Deciphering the Structural Basis for Muscle Contraction at the Molecular Level

  • Casey Romanoski, PhD

    Systems Genetics Approaches to Identify Mechanisms of Complex Diseases

  • Ray Runyan, PhD

    Regulation of Cell Invasion in Development and Cancer

  • Gus Mouneimne, PhD

    Understanding How Cytoskeletal Architecture Regulates Cancer Metastasis

  • Greg Rogers, PhD

    Investigating Mechanisms of Genomic Integrity

  • Keith Maggert, PhD

    Understanding the Origins of Genome Instability

  • Darren Cusanovich, PhD

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


    An Established Leader in Cutting-edge 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.


Rogers Lab publishes study in Developmental Cell (May 28, 2019)

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


PMAP Program Relaunches in 2019-20 with Sixth Cohort (May 21, 2019)

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

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).


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.