Molecular & Cellular Biology

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  • Serio lab found prions can be cured in yeast

    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
  • MCB Professors Buchan, Weinert, Burd, and Tomanek highlighted in Arizona Daily Star

    December 5, 2014
    The 2014 Arizona Daily Star Science Supplement features MCB Professors Ross Buchan (page 12), Ted Weinert (page 12), Gail Burd and Debra Tomanek (page 26). Read the story here please. Read More
  • Prof. Tim Bolger appeared on local talk show The Morning Blend

    September 6, 2014
    Assistant Professor Tim Bolger recently appeared on the local talk show The Morning Blend on KGUN9 (ABC). He was interviewed about his research and its cancer implications in connection with the American Cancer Society and the Stand Up 2 Cancer national telecast. Watch the show here, and learn more about Prof. Bolger's research at his webpage. Read More
  • Prof. Daniela Zarnescu's ALS research highlighted in Tucson News Now

    September 2, 2014
    Associate Professor Daniela Zarnescu's research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has been highlighted in Tucson News Now. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS patients gradually lose the ability of the brain to control muscle movement, and in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. The Zarnescu lab at the UA Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology use fruit flies as a model to understand how defects in motor neurons lead to this disease. see th... Read More
  • MCB and Business: Thoughts from an Undergraduate Alumna

    June 23, 2014
    I originally entered the College of Life Sciences hoping that my degree would one day lead me to medical school. At 18, I had high hopes for working as a neurosurgeon (one of those “Go Big or Go Home” kinda things). And though I loved my degree, while traveling through Argentina the summer between my Sophomore and Junior year as an English teacher, the idea of spending what seemed like the entirety of my twenties in school to finish and have a job where I would be tethered to the USA for the rest of my career had lost its appeal. I caught the traveling bug, and I knew that I would need to find... Read More
  • Rae Anne Martinez: Recipient of a Robie Gold Medal

    Rae Anne Martinez
    May 6, 2014
    In addtion to her Robie award, Rae Anne Martinez, a native of Gilbert, Arizona, will graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology, a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Chinese Language. Read more about Rae Anne's amazing accomplishments via the Dean of Students website... Read More