Molecular & Cellular Biology

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



  • MCB's 2014 Outstanding Senior: Julie Huynh

    January 15, 2014
    At first glance, Julie Huynh seems like an ordinary college student.  I usually spot her in a casual T-shirt and shorts as she hops out of her lab to check on the lunch that's spinning in the microwave next to my office. She always stops by to say hello, to check on the latest picture of my 3-year-old, and to chat before heading back to her work. But Julie certainly isn't your typical college student. In fact, I think she might be the hardest working person I've met. Majoring in both Molecular & Cellular Biology and Creative Writing, Julie also works as a science reporter for the Arizona D... Read More
  • Prof. Guang Yao's research highlighted in Arizona Daily Star

    Guan Yao
    December 17, 2013
    Assistant Professor Guang Yao's research on reading the `minds' of cells has been highlighted in the Arizona Daily Star. When faced with environmental changes, cells must decide whether to stay dormant, grow, or even commit suicide. Many diseases can be caused by cells making the wrong decision, and Prof. Yao hopes learning more about how cells make these decisions will help treat disease. Read the story here, and learn more about Prof. Yao's research at his webpage. Read More
  • Prof. Ryan Gutenkunst wins teaching award

    Ryan Gutenkunst
    July 29, 2013
    Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ryan Gutenkunst, who has been awarded the 2013 College of Science Distinguished Early-Career Teaching Award. The award recognizes Prof. Gutenkunst's educational efforts both on-campus and off-campus. Prof. Gutenkunst is particularly proud of developing MCB 315 - Key Concepts in Quantitative Biology, an innovative course designed to introduce life science students to the power of computation and mathematics in revealing the secrets of life. Read More
  • MCB Softball Team Wins Faculty/Staff League Championship

    July 24, 2013
    Three cheers for the MCB-based softball team, the "Flying Worms", for winning the championship of the UA Faculty/Staff Summer League! The team, captained by Fares lab member Hope Dang, captured the title by beating the second-place Rec Bandits twice in a row in the championship round of the playoffs. The Worms finished the season on a roll, winning 12 of their last 13 games, finishing with an overall record of 14-5. Well played, team! Read More
  • Marisa Lester wins advising award

    June 7, 2013
    Congratulations to Marisa Lester, MCB's senior advisor for undergraduate students, for winning a Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association in the category of "emerging professional adviser". The award recognizes Marisa's outstanding contributions in providing students with counsel and guidance. More more details about Marisa and her award, please see the story in UA@Work. Read More
  • Aishan Shi named 2013 MCB Outstanding Senior

    Aishan Shi
    May 6, 2013
    Congratulations to Aishan Shi, who has been named the 2013 MCB Outstanding Senior. In regards to the MCB major, she says "I love the flexibility of the program and being able to learn about diverse topics in molecular and cellular biology." In addition to her MCB major, Aishan is also majoring in Biochemistry and English, with minors in Math and Spanish. After graduation, she aims to obtain her MD/Ph.D. Along with the MCB Outstanding Senior Award, Aishan was also named a 2013 Galileo Circle Scholar. Read More