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Maggert Lab Discovers DNA Instability That May Lead to Cancer
Jun 16, 2022

Keith Maggert, PhD, along with his former graduate student, Farah Bughio, PhD, discovered that a form of DNA called heterochromatin is unstable and can result in genetic mutations which increase the chances of developing cancer.


CMM Welcomes Summer Research Interns from Amrita University in India
Jun 06, 2022

CMM is excited to welcome five students from our dual-degree microcampus program to Tucson for summer research internships!


Dr. Julie Ledford Appointed Co-Director of UAHS Clinical Translational Sciences Graduate Program
Jun 03, 2022

Julie Ledford, PhD, Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine has accepted a position as Co-Director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) Graduate Program.


Dr. Maria Czuzak and Dr. James Proffitt Recognized by College of Medicine - Tucson for Excellence in Mentoring and Teaching
Jun 01, 2022

CMM faculty members Maria Czuzak, PhD, and James Proffitt, PhD, were recognized during the 2022 College of Medicine - Tucson's Faculty Award Ceremony. Dr. Czuzak was awarded a 2022 COM-T Mentoring award and Dr. Proffitt received the AMES Excellence in Basic Science Teaching award. Congratulations to both faculty members!


Dr. John Ryniawec Wins Second Place in Research Day Shark Tank Competition
May 19, 2022

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

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

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

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.


Carol C. Gregorio, PhD
Dr. Carol Gregorio Elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
Jan 26, 2022

Dr. Carol Gregorio was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. AAAS Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Dr. Gregorio is being honored “For internationally-recognized contributions toward understanding striated muscle structure, function and disease, using advanced imaging and cell biological approaches.”


Dr. Bipin Nair
Dr. Bipin Nair of Amrita University Receives Joint Appointment in CMM
Jan 11, 2022

Bipin Nair, PhD, has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine. Dr. Nair is the Dean of Life Sciences in the School of Biotechnology at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University. Dr. Nair was instrumental in the creation of the dual degree program and internship program shared by Amrita University and UArizona’s CMM Department. Read more about Dr. Bipin Nair here. Read more about the CMM/Amrita Dual Degree Program here.


Zavros Lab
CMM Internship Program with Amrita University Microcampus Students Featured on UAHS News
Dec 20, 2021

Click here to read the original article featured on UA Health Sciences News.


Dr. Valerie Schaibley
Dr. Valerie Schaibley Accepted to COM-T Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES)
Nov 16, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Valerie Schaibley for being recognized as a new AMES member! The mission of the Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is to create and sustain a diverse community of scholars dedicated to excellence and innovation in medical education. AMES recognizes and supports the most accomplished teachers and educators at UACOM-T and, in return, draw on those faculty members for advice and service to the College’s education programs.


Dr. Miranti
Drs. Cindy Miranti and Yitshak Zohar are Co-Investigators on $2.9M NCI Grant
Nov 10, 2021

Drs. Cindy Miranti (CMM) and Yitshak Zohar (AME/Engineering) are co-investigators on a grant awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the mechanisms that underly prostate cancer development. As part of this collaboration, they developed the first human Prostate-on-Chip model by culturing basal epithelial cells next to prostate stromal cells within a microfluidic device which recapitulates human prostate biology, for basic and translational cancer research.


Sarver Heart Center Researchers Study Blood Pressure Medication’s Impact on COVID-19 Infection
Nov 02, 2021

A research team led by Jessika Iwanski, MD/Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (GPMM) and including CMM faculty members Dr. Carol Gregorio and Dr. Jared Churko, studied the effects of blood pressure medication on patients’ susceptibility to COVID-19 infection.


Drs. Donata Vercelli and Julie Ledford Co-Investigators on $1.4M NIAID Grant
Oct 11, 2021

Drs. Donata Vercelli and Julie Ledford are co-investigators on a grant awarded to Dr. Monica Kraft, Chair of the UArizona Department of Medicine. The grant was received from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to study innate immunity and viral infection in asthma.


Warfel Lab Identifies Mechanism for Slowing Cancer Growth
Oct 04, 2021

Dr. Noel Warfel's lab has discovered a mechanism to control blood vessel growth in cancerous tumors. Dr. Warfel was recently featured on the local news. Click for more.


Dr. Carol Gregorio Named Czarina M. and Humberto S. Lopez Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research
Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Carol Gregorio is the inaugural chair holder of the Czarina M. and Humberto S. Lopez Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research.


Mouneimne Lab Finds Breast Cancer's Response to Tumor Stiffness May Predict Bone Metastasis
Aug 24, 2021

Adam Watson, Gus Mouneimne, and a cadre of stellar collaborators in CMM and beyond, demonstrate that the stiffness of the tumor microenvironment can persistently alter cancer cell behavior, even after dissemination to softer microenvironments, by a process termed “mechanical memory.”


Drs. Julie Ledford and Michael Johnson Awarded a $2.5M Grant to Study Biomarkers of Obstructive Lung Disease
Aug 05, 2021

Drs. Julie Ledford and Michael Johnson were awarded a $2.5M grant to study biomarkers of obstructive lung disease.


Warfel Lab Identifies New Role for PIM Kinases in Driving Tumor Angiogenesis
Jul 06, 2021

Work from Dr. Noel Warfel’s lab, led by recent CBIO graduate Andrea Casillas, recently published a paper in Oncogene describing a new signaling axis that promotes blood vessel growth in solid tumors.


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