Molecular & Cellular Biology

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



  • Congratulations to MCB Senior Awardees Renee Conway and Benjamin Zaepfel!

    April 27, 2017
    by Justin Schneider May 2017 MCB Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awardee: Renee Conway With the end of the semester fast approaching, MCB undergraduate Renee Conway has a lot going on in the final weeks leading up to her graduation. Luckily, I was able to get her to stop by my office to chat about her journey as a student, her plans for after graduation and the work that led to her receiving the MCB department’s award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. A Tucson native, Renee tells me despite taking an advanced research methods class in high school that piqued her interest in scienc... Read More
  • Matthew Knatz, Winner of 2017 College of Science Award of Excellence, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology!

    April 24, 2017
    Matthew Knatz, Manager of Information Technology, was awarded the 2017 College of Science Award of Excellence for the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at the Annual College of Science Staff Recognition Luncheon on April 18, 2017. MCB Department Head Tricia Serio praised Matt’s efforts to increase efficiency within the department by taking a “leading role in ensuring that the confederation of the IT staff in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Biology (EEB), which are now co-located with the MCB IT staff in Life Sciences South, is a success, with the group working sea... Read More
  • Zarnescu lab's ALS research featured in Arizona Daily Star

    February 1, 2017
    A news article in Arizona Daily Star highlighted the research in the laboratory of Daniela Zarnescu, MCB associate professor, who use fruit fly as a genetic tool to study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). See here for more detail. Read More
  • The Newest Asset to the MCB Department: Andrew Paek’s Attention to Detail

    November 17, 2016
    by Teal Brechtel “You learn cool things by looking at the details,” Andrew asserted as an explanation for regaling me with the intricacies of how the 2-micron plasmid maintains copy number in yeast – his undergraduate research topic – however, I believe meticulousness epitomizes Andrew Paek’s approach to science and life. Andrew seems to love the southwestern United States. He grew up in Texas, obtained bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Math from the University of Texas, then completed a PhD in our MCB department at the University of Arizona. For his postdoc, Andrew moved to Boston to work in... Read More
  • Tricia Serio received the ASCB Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research

    November 12, 2016
    Tricia Serio, professor and head of the MCB Department, has been selected for the mid-career award in research excellence from American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), for her work on the dynamics and functional consequences of protein misfolding, with a focus on prion proteins. The Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research is awarded to an investigator within 7 to 15 years of her first independent appointment who has made exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and who exemplifies a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership. See here for more details. Read More
  • MCB grad student Ernesto Manzo received HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

    September 2, 2016
    Ernesto Manzo, a 4th year MCB graduate student in Zarnescu lab, was awarded a prestigious Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the HHMI. Congratulations Ernesto! Read More