Molecular & Cellular Biology

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  • MCB, Law, and Limelight on the World Poker Stage

    April 19, 2016
    by Kelly Minkin When I enrolled at the University of Arizona for undergrad, I had my heart set on medical school.  I scrolled through the science majors and asked my then boyfriend’s dad, who was a general surgeon, what would be the best undergraduate degree to prepare for medical school.  He said, “Well pre-med would be your best bet.”  We searched through the majors and saw that there was no “pre-med” major.  His next recommendation was Molecular and Cellular Biology – so that’s what I chose.  I found MCB to be an incredibly rigorous and competitive major, and noticed that I was surrounded... Read More
  • Former MCB PhD Student Eric Brooks Receives Grant for STEM Teacher Training

    April 13, 2016
    Eric Brooks, a former MCB PhD student and currently education instructor at Cochise College, is one of the three investigators of a $1.4M grant from National Science Foundation to traing students to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics along the U.S.-Mexico border. See the UA News here. Read More
  • Professors Serio and Laney Wrote in US News & World Report about the Importance of Basic Research

    February 23, 2016
    In today's US News & World Report, MCB professors Tricia Serio and Jeffrey Laney wrote "To Cure Cancer, Start Simply", highligting that to invest in basic research now lays the foundation for future cancer breakthroughs, in response to President Obama's "moonshot" plan to cure cancer in his State of the Union address last month. Read More
  • Capaldi lab found that TORC1's prion like domains lock cells in dormancy

    January 8, 2016
    In humans, yeast and other eukaryotes, a group of proteins called the Target of Rapamycin Complex I (TORC1) promote cell growth and increase metabolic activity when nutrients are plentiful. Previous studies have shown how molecules that contain the nutrient nitrogen – which is needed to make proteins – activate TORC1. However, it is not clear how other nutrients regulate this complex. In tackling this problem, James Hughes Hallett, Xiangxia Luo, and Andrew Capaldi in the MCB department found that glucose starvation triggers disassembly of TORC1 and movement of the key TORC1 component Kog1/Rapt... Read More
  • Professor Serio Voiced Her Opinion in the Congress Blog about Scientific Discovery and Budgetary Issues

    December 17, 2015
    Tricia Serio, chair of the MCB Department and Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project, wrote an article in the Congress Blog at The Hill for lawmakers and policy professionals to express her concerns about scientific discovery and budgetary issues. Read the article here. Read More
  • Carol Bender named AAAS Fellow

    November 24, 2015
    Congratulations to MCB faculty member and University Distinguished Outreach Professor Carol Bender for being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a distinction awarded to those who are advancing science in ways that are considered scientifically or socially distinguished. Professor Bender is the director of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) at UA. She was elected as an AAAS Fellow "for distinguished contributions to the assessment of undergraduate science research experiences nationally and internationally, including the impact... Read More