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

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

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

  • 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 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
  • A nemaline myopathy-linked mutation inhibits the actin-regulatory functions of tropomodulin and leiomodin.
    Author(s): L.E. Schultz; M. Colpan; G.E. Smith; R.M. Mayfield; T.M. Larrinaga; A.S. Kostyukova; C.C. Gregorio
    Date Published: 2023 Nov 21
    PMID: 37956287
  • Polo-like kinase 4 homodimerization and condensate formation regulate its own protein levels but are not required for centriole assembly.
    Author(s): J.M. Ryniawec; D.W. Buster; L.K. Slevin; C.J. Boese; A. Amoiroglou; S.M. Dean; K.C. Slep; G.C. Rogers
    Date Published: 2023 May 10
    PMID: 37163316
  • FOXO nuclear shuttling dynamics are stimulus-dependent and correspond with cell fate.
    Author(s): K.A. Lasick; E. Jose; A.M. Samayoa; L. Shanks; K.W. Pond; C.A. Thorne; A.L. Paek
    Date Published: 2023 Mar 01
    PMCID: PMC10011729  PMID: 36735481
  • PIM1 phosphorylates ABI2 to enhance actin dynamics and promote tumor invasion.
    Author(s): C.C. Jensen; A.N. Clements; H. Liou; L.E. Ball; J.R. Bethard; P.R. Langlais; R.K. Toth; S.S. Chauhan; A.L. Casillas; S.R. Daulat; A.S. Kraft; A.E. Cress; C.K. Miranti; G. Mouneimne; G.C. Rogers; N.A. Warfel
    Date Published: 2023 Jun 05
    PMCID: PMC10103708  PMID: 37042842

Recent News

Centriole Length is Controlled by a Conserved Complex of Protein Called the Distal Tip Complex
Sep 21 2023 - 11:45am

The Rogers Lab publishes study in Current Biology by lead author John Ryniawec, postdoc, who discovered new regulators of centriole growth, a crucial step during the assembly of this essential and ubiquitous organelle. The authors find that coordination between these evolutionarily conserved regulators is required for reproduction in a fruit fly model organism.

Three CMM Faculty Members Receive WIMS Torchbearer Award
Sep 15 2023 - 12:30pm

Drs. Valerie Schaibley, Jean Wilson, and Yana Zavros were selected as part of the inaugural Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Torchbearer awardees. These awards serve to recognize remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions made by women physicians and scientists.

Dr. Anne Cress Selected as a 2023 Woman of Impact
Sep 15 2023 - 11:45am

Anne Cress, PhD, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Vice Dean for COM-T Operations and Strategy and Chief of Staff, was selected as a 2023 Woman of Impact. Each year, the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) selects 30 UArizona faculty and staff members who have made a significant contribution to the UArizona's identity as a world-class research institution.

Dr. Joann Sweasy Elected VP/President Elect of Association of American Cancer Institutes
Aug 21 2023 - 1:45pm

Dr. Joann Sweasy, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, was recently elected to serve as Vice President/President-Elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) Board of Directors.

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