October 16, 2015
Jennifer Cubeta, Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP), was selected as a 2015 Outstanding Staff Award recipient by the Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association (AAFSAA) at the University of Arizona, to recognize her excellent service and leadership to the University’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program.
August 15, 2015
Professor Gail Burd was interviewed by Mark McLemore at Arizona Public Media about being a first generation college student. She also talked about how UA is trying to engage students. The interview aired on Arizona Spotlight and you can hear the interview here (Click the Listen button. Gail Burd's part occurs at about -9:00). Read More
May 17, 2015
by Julie Huynh
In the not too distant past, it was rare to find a medical doctor who wasn’t practicing clinically. However, that did not deter Dr. Grant Senner from spearheading his own career path that encompassed his passions and directly addressed the needs of the healthcare system that he felt needed attention.
Following completion of his B.S. with honors in molecular and cellular biology in 1997 from the UA, Dr. Senner stayed in Tucson and graduated with an MD from the UA College of Medicine in 2004 with a different career trajectory than his fellow physicians. While his colleagues went... Read More
May 5, 2015
Outside of studying at the library, you might find Shaina Hasan moving gracefully as she performs classical Indian dance. You might see Carl Buchholz zip past you as he cycles through town and up Mt. Lemmon. But on May 14th, we found them both at the UA College of Science graduation, recognized respectively as the Spring 2015 College of Science Outstanding Senior and Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awardee.
Hasan, who was awarded the MCB Outstanding Senior Award, and Buchholz, who was awarded both the MCB Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award and the Outstanding Senior Awar... Read More
January 23, 2015
ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Daniela Zarnescu, associate professor at Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Alyssa Coyne, a graduate student in the UA's Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, together with their colleagues, have identified a a clear molecular defect at the junctions between neurons and muscles, which may provide greater insight into the fundamental mechanisms of ALS. Their finding was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
December 9, 2014
Prion aggregates are associated with diseases including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's. It's believed that when prion aggregates arise, cells cannot get rid of them. A recent work from the lab of Tricia Serio, professor and head of the MCB department, showed however that yeast cells can clear themselves of prion aggregates at an increased temperature. This work suggests that inducing stress responses may one day help develop treatments for diseases associated with misfolded prion proteins. The work is published today at eLife -- see the paper here, and the UA news report here. Read More