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

  • Dr. Donata Vercelli — Awarded $15.3M 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.

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

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


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

  • 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
  • Stabilization of PIM Kinases in Hypoxia Is Mediated by the Deubiquitinase USP28.
    Author(s): R.K. Toth; R. Solomon; N.A. Warfel
    Date Published: 2022 Mar 16
    PMCID: PMC8947361  PMID: 35326457
  • Systematic analysis of naturally occurring insertions and deletions that alter transcription factor spacing identifies tolerant and sensitive transcription factor pairs.
    Author(s): Z. Shen; R.Z. Li; T.A. Prohaska; M.A. Hoeksema; N.J. Spann; J. Tao; G.J. Fonseca; T. Le; L.K. Stolze; M. Sakai; C.E. Romanoski; C.K. Glass
    Date Published: 2022 Jan 20
    PMID: 35049498
  • Functional noncoding SNPs in human endothelial cells fine-map vascular trait associations.
    Author(s): A. Toropainen; L.K. Stolze; T. Örd; M.B. Whalen; P.Martí Torrell; V.M. Link; M.U. Kaikkonen; C.E. Romanoski
    Date Published: 2022 03
    PMCID: PMC8896458  PMID: 35193936
  • Airway administration of OM-85, a bacterial lysate, blocks experimental asthma by targeting dendritic cells and the epithelium/IL-33/ILC2 axis.
    Author(s): V. Pivniouk; J.A. Gimenes-Junior; P. Ezeh; A. Michael; O. Pivniouk; S. Hahn; S.R. VanLinden; S.P. Malone; A. Abidov; D. Anderson; J. Gozdz; A. DeVries; F.D. Martinez; C. Pasquali; D. Vercelli
    Date Published: 2021 Sep 21
    PMID: 34560105

Recent News

Dr. John Ryniawec Wins Second Place in Research Day Shark Tank Competition
May 19 2022 - 9:00am

Postdoctoral researcher John Ryniawec, PhD, won second place in the College of Medicine - Tucson's Research Day Shark Tank competition.

Dr. Donata Vercelli Appointed as Regents Professor
Apr 12 2022 - 11:45am

Congratulations to Donata Vercelli, MD, who was recently appointed as a Regents Professor. This high honor is reserved for faculty whose contributions merit national and international recognition.

Romanoski Lab Publishes Research on Variants in Human Endothelial Cells
Mar 10 2022 - 10:15am

The Romanoski Lab in collaboration with the Kaikkonen Lab at the University of Eastern Finland has published a paper in Genome Research delineating thousands of functional non-coding variants in human endothelial cells. This work is an important step in bridging the gap between genomes and function.

CMM Researchers Discover Bacterial Extracts with Potential to Prevent SARS-COV-2 Infection
Feb 28 2022 - 2:45pm

Researchers led by Dr. Vadim Pivniouk have discovered that respiratory bacterial extracts known as OM-85 reduce the ability of the SARS-COV-2 virus to attach to lung cells.