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  • MCB Professor Gail Burd featured on Arizona Spotlight

    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
  • MCB Graduate Then, Advocate for Physician Colleagues and Precision Medicine Today

    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
  • MCB Students Sweep UA College of Science Senior Awards

    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
  • Zarnescu lab helps explain the ALS mechanisms

    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. Read More
  • 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