Molecular & Cellular Biology

Revealing the secrets of nature & educating next generation of science innovators



  • Wireless connection information for the campus at large is available on the UITS UA wireless website. Please note that some services such as Lab Shares and printing are only available to those connected to the UAWiFi network, and cannot be accessed through UAPublic.

  • Wireless Access is available to UA employees and students via the encrypted UAWiFi wireless network. Visiting Scholars and the general public can get internet access through the unencrypted UAPublic wireless network. More information on these networks can be found here.

    Faculty, Staff, and Students visiting from a participating institution may also be able to use the encrypted eduroam network. More information on the eduroam network is available on the eduroam website.

  • Educational versions of many software titles are available at the University of Arizona Bookstore's main campus location. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Endnote
    • Adobe Acrobat (Standard and Professional)
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • All Adobe Creative Suites
    • And many more...

    For more information, please visit the Licensing and Software sections of the University of Arizona Bookstore's website.

  • Currently, the department of Molecular & Cellular Biology does not own any department wide licenses.

    The University of Arizona does maintain licenses for many useful programs, including:

    Microsoft Office

    Microsft OSes (Windows 7/8, Server 2008/2012... etc)

    Apple Software (iLife, iWork, and OS X)

    Many other more specialized programs


    More information on University licensed software is available at the University of Arizona Site Licensing website.


    If the title you want to use is not covered under a UA site license (titles such as EndNote, Adobe Creative Suites, SPSS), it can often be purchased as an educational discount through the UA Bookstore*


    *Look at the "Software" menu on the left side of the bookstore page

  • The easiest thing to do is to use a pass-phrase.


    Most people seem to think that the only way to have a secure password is to use something like:  @Ab#u5R4Pef66sWuGeCUch$jU


    Let's face it, remembering a password like that is impractical (not to mention close to impossible),  but what about this:

    Molecular, Cellular & Developemental Biology at the University of Arizona

    Now take the first letter of each word and any puctuation put them together. You should end up with: M,C&DBatUoA 
    It's a very strong password, but remembering it is pretty easy.

    For more information on password construction, please see the password construction pdf created by UITS


    Another option is to use a password manager such as RoboForm, KeePass, LastPass, or 1Password. These typically use a single (master) password to allow you to retrieve all of your other passwords. Needless to say, you'll want to make sure your master password is very strong if you use one of these programs.

  • YES! According to University of Arizona policy as stated in Minimum Information Security Standards:

    All devices and/or accounts with access to university resources shall require adequate passwords or an alternate secure authentication system (e.g., biometrics or Smart Cards). This standard applies to university employees, affiliates, associates and volunteers, as well as contractors and vendors, with access to those resources. Students are strongly encouraged to implement passwords on personal systems. University computer account owners have a responsibility to construct, secure, and maintain their passwords in accordance with the requirements specified in the Guidelines for Password/Pass phrase Construction and Management available at

  • There is a printer available for faculty/staff and graduate student use in the Life Sciences South building. Please submit a support request to request acess to this printer. Be sure to include your reasons for needing to print to this printer, as well as your affiliation with the department in the support request. Additionally, most labs have a printer available for student use, but you will want to ask the lab manager/PI for permission before using it.

    1. The first thing you will want to do is make sure you have an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your computer. If you don't currently have an antivirus program, the UA offers Sophos for free from the UA Site License website.
    2. Now you want to make sure that your operating system and antivirus are up to date.
      • For OS X users, go to the Apple menu on the top left corner of your screen and choose "Software Update".
      • For Windows XP users, choose "Windows Update" from "Start" » "All Programs"
      • For Windows 7/8 users, open the Control Panel, click on "System and Security", and then click on the "Windows Update" link

      You will need to be connected to the internet prior to performing these tasks. The method for updating your antivirus will depend on what you are using. Please see the help menu of your antivirus program for instructions. If you do not have an anti-virus program installed, please see the antivirus section on this page.

    3. You will probably also want some additional software for your new computer (see the software section of this page) as well as setting up a printer, and getting connected to the wireless network on campus.


  • You are probably dealing with virus' kin; malware. These programs can infect your computer from numerous sources, including: compromised websites, software downloads bundled with adware, and previous viral infestation. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to a malware infection as it is often accompanied by viral infection. The first thing to do is to install and run an anti-virus program such as Sophos anti-virus. Next, download and install an anti-spyware/anti-malware program. The U of A has also licensed CounterSpy for free use by faculty, staff and students. For machines not owned by the U of A, you may also want to look at SpyBot, and Ad-Aware.

    These programs are often able to remove all software from your computer, but they are not always successful and they do not remove viruses. If the problem persists after disinfection, please contact your department's technical support personel.

  • The first thing to do is to disconnect your computer from the network/internet. This does two things:

    1. Prevents your computer from infecting others and...
    2. Limits what can be done to your machine by the virus' author/controller.
      Next, you should contact your department's technical support personel for help/advice on disinfecting your computer.
  • The best antivirus is the one you keep up to date and use on a regular basis. No antivirus program will prevent you from ever getting a virus, but as long as keep your antivirus up to date and scan your system on a regular basis, you will greatly reduce your risk of infection. The University of Arizona has a license for the use of Sophos anti-virus on any computer owned or used by UA faculty, staff and students. This includes personal computers.