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Cellular & Molecular Medicine (PHD) 
Program Description

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies in biomedical sciences with a general focus on the biological mechanisms of human disease.  Faculty associated with the graduate program pursue research in cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cardiovascular biology and cancer research. 

The Department recruits students through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS)  program, which Integrates recruiting and admissions for six PhD programs in biological and biomedical sciences. Students are admitted to the ABBS with no formal commitment to a particular PhD program. Students peform three laboratory rotations with  faculty associated in any of the programs. This provides unusual flexibility for students to explore various areas of study.  At the end of rotations, students will matriculate into one of the participating five graduate programs based upon their interests and the laboratory that they enter.  

*Please note: The CMM PhD program is no longer accepting applications.  We have merged with Immunobiology to create the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (GPMM).  We are one program with three academic tracks: Cell Biology, Medical Biophysics and Immunobiology.  Any interested applicants to the Molecular Medicine PhD should visit the GPMM website for more information.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Cellular & Molecular Medicine -

The Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine is one of the five basic science departments of the University of Arizona College of Medicine located on the Northeast side of the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, AZ.  The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisplinary environment through research activities to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.

CMM faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology which include areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of cancer biology, genetics, molecular & cellular biology and biochemistry, neuroscience, and physiological sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.

CMM Mailing address:

PO Box 245044, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 

Life Sciences North, Room 450, Tucson, AZ  85724-5044

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Barbara Kahn-Sales
Graduate Program Coordinator
Barbara Kahn-Sales
Director of Graduate Studies
Lonnie P Lybarger
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applications for the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine are submitted through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (ABBS).  The ABBS is the unified recruiting and admissions process for  multiple programs including the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (GPMM). 

Please visit the ABBS website for additional information and instructions for applying to the GPMM PhD program. 

Aplication Deadline: December 1

Standardized Tests

Please visit the ABBS website for additional information

Financial Aid

Bellows Cardiovascular Graduate Research Fellowship

The Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program in partnership with the Sarver Heart Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bellows Cardiovascular Graduate Research Fellowship. This award has been made possible due to a generous gift provided by the Bellows Foundation. This is a competitive award intended to support incoming/first year graduate students who have applied to the University of Arizona to pursue a Ph.D. degree involving education and research training in cardiovascular life sciences. The purpose of this award is to encourage and support the recruitment of outstanding graduate students whose research interests will lead to studies with an emphasis in cardiovascular research.  More information can be found at -

Please visit the ABBS website for additional financial aid information

Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline: December 1

Please visit the ABBS website for additional information

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

*BS, BA or MS degree in biological or physical sciences

*Minimum 3.0 GPA

*Prior research experience is highly desirable

*GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores

*Three letters of recommendation

Minor Requirements

CMM PhD has merged with Immunobiology to create the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine (GPMM).  Therefore, the CMM minor is no longer being offered for incoming PhD students.  Students interested in minoring in Cellular & Molecular should choose GPMM as their minor. 

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Last revised 21 Sep 2017