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Professor, Pathology - (Research Scholar Track), Research Professor, BIO5 Institute
The personalized diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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Distinguished Professor, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Professor, Psychology, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
Depression is a major health problem that is often chronic or recurrent. Existing treatments have limited effectiveness, and are provided wihtout a clear indication that they will match a particular patient's needs. In this era of precision medicine, we strive to develop neurally-informed treatments for depression and related disorders.
Associate Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Public Health, Associate Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Student Group B
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Sci
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Director, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor, Medical Imaging, Professor, Optical Sciences
I develop new optical imaging devices that can detect cancer at the earliest stage. Optics has the resolution and sensitivity to find these small, curable lesions, and we design the endoscope that provide access to organs inside the body. .
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies-GIDP, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor, Public Health
Associate Director, Statistical Consulting, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Public Health, Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Adjunct Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Research Scientist, BIO5 Institute, Director/Attending Veterinarian, University Animal Care, Veterinary Specialist
Manager, Infrastructure Services
Receptionist, Senior
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, University Distinguished Professor
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Sci
Associate Director, School of Information, Associate Professor, Associate Professor, School of Information, Director of Research, School of Information
Dr. Winslow Burleson is a social inventor, a scholar, researcher, artist, and educator with expertise in Human Computer Interaction and the Learning Sciences. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a pioneering innovator advancing the digital age. The National Academy of Engineering recognized him as one of the “nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators.” Prior to joining University of Arizona he was an Associate Professor at New York University where he served as PI for the NSF Experiential Supercomputing: A Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation Holodeck grant, the only large-scale NSF CISE MRI awarded nationally in 2016. He earned a BA in Bio-Physics from Rice University, MSE in Product Design from Stanford University, and PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. He has authored over 100 scholarly articles, holds eleven patents, and twice received Time Magazine’s Top Inventions of the Year Awards.
Business Manager, Senior
Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs - Otolaryngology
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate, Center for Toxicology, Professor, Pharmacology, Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Department Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Distinguished Professor, Professor, Anthropology, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Associate Director, Precision Nutrition, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Director, iPS Cell Core
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Assistant Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
IT Student Assistant
Front Desk Student Assistant
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Professor, Optical Sciences
Graphic Artist
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Associate Professor, Physiology
My laboratory studies how the retina takes visual information about the world and transmits it to the brain. We are trying to understand how this signaling responds to changing amounts of background light and becomes dysfunctional in diabetes.
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Specialist, Biology Education, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Instruction/Assessment
There are nearly 30,000 undergraduates on our campus, and the skills and knowledge they gain here will shape their future careers and their lives. My work focuses on providing training to faculty so they can reach their potential as teachers, both in the life sciences and more broadly.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Fabian Fernandez's work includes a focus on identifying circadian factors during middle age that increase risk for later-life cognitive impairment, developing novel, light-based treatments to stem loss of cognition during aging, and establishing basic principles for how circadian function shapes memory processing.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Plant Science
I examine the molecular functions of the different cells found in the tissues and organs of plants and animals and how they combine these functions to optimize the health and vigor of the organism.
Director, Valley Fever Center for Excellence, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Medicine
Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) occurs more in Arizona than anywhere else. My research and others at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence involve understanding how disease is caused by infection, how the immune system stops or prevents illness, and how we can better diagnose, treat, or prevent this public health problem.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
The Gallitano Lab investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the dual genetic and environmental risk for neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. We focus on immediate early genes that are activated in the brain by environmental stimuli, including stress, and regulate processes disrupted in mental illnesses. Ongoing studies examine how Egr3 regulates effectors including Arc and the serotonin 2A receptor to influence synaptic plasticity, memory, and behavior.
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Senior Research Scientist, BIO5 Institute
Vijay Gokhale's work includes the use of medicinal chemistry in the development of small molecule therapeutics for neuropathic pain, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and acute lung injury and cancer.
Assistant Director, Cancer Research, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Assistant Professor, Public Health, Assistant Vice President, Translational Research in Special Populations, Associate Director, Center for Elimination of Border Health, Co-Director, Clinical Translational Sciences - Tucson, Director, BLAISER Program
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Assistant Professor, Neurobiology, Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Professor, Physiology, Associate Professor, Neurology
The broad goal of Katalin Gothard's research is to understand the neural basis of emotion and social behavior. Her lab work reveals the real-time dynamic interactions in multiple systems implicated in emotion regulation and the mechanisms by which emotional responses produce immediate behavioral effects.
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Director, Epidemiology, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Medicine - (Tenure Track), Professor, Public Health, Research Scientist, Respiratory Sciences
Stefano Guerra's work includes an epidemiologic study, which used a household-based approach to assess prevalence and longitudinal changes in respiratory health. Other biomarker projects include a study on molecular biomarkers of asthma and COPD from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey.
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Director, Omics, Research Scientist, Arizona Research Labs, Research Scientist, BIO5 Institute, Research Scientist, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Research Scientist, Neurology

Michael Hammer has headed a productive research lab in human evolutionary genetics. His lab were early adopters of next generation sequencing (NGS) technology successfully employed NGS methods to identify molecular lesions causing neurodevelopmental disorders in undiagnosed children. His lab is also currently pursuing studies to identify modifier genes that alter the expression of major genes and how they contribute to phenotypic heterogeneity in Mendelian disorders.

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences, Assistant Professor, Physics
Professor, Systems and Industrial Engineering
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Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Research Professor, Director, Industry Relations / Workforce Development
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry - Med, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Sci, Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
The Horton lab uses biophysical, biochemical, and molecular biology to study protein-DNA interactions and filament formation by enzymes. Current projects include the investigation of mechanisms of disease caused by the Human Parvovirus B19, and advantages of filament formation by enzymes such as the sequence specific DNA endonuclease SgrAI, and the important metabolic enzyme PFK.
Regents Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus
Our research is centered on the prevention and treatment of our major degenerative diseases. We concentrate on peptide hormones and neurotransmitters and their receptors that are involved in these major diseases. Specific potential applications include pigmentary disorders, melanoma cancer, feeding disorders, pain, sexual function and motivation, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.
Public Affairs Student Asst
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Research Scholar Track - Internal Medicine, Director, Clinical Outcomes Research
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences
We are developing low-cost in vivo microscopy devices that can visualize cellular details of human tissues in vivo and help disease diagnosis and treatment in low-resource settings, high-speed tissue microscopy technologies that can examine entire organ under risk of having malignant diseases and detect small, early-stage lesions, and miniature microscopy devices that have the potential to examine anatomically-challenging human organs and facilitate integration of microscopic imaging with other imaging modalities.
Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Computer Science
John Kececioglu's research is in applied algorithms, with an emphasis on bioinformatics and computational biology, including: multiple sequence alignment, inverse parametric alignment, sequence assembly, and genome rearrangement. Software developed by his group includes Opal, a tool for multiple sequence alignment, Facet, a tool for alignment accuracy estimation, InverseOpt, a library for inverse parametric optimization, Ipa, a tool for inverse sequence alignment, and AlignAlign, a tool for optimally aligning alignments.
Professor, Medical Imaging, Professor, Neurology, Professor, BIO5 Institute
Chelsea Kidwell specializes in prevention and treatment of stroke. She has special interests in medical imaging and stroke as well as ethnic and racial disparities among stroke patients.
Associate Professor, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Evelyn F Mcknight Brain Institute, Associate Professor, Immunobiology, Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
We study how a common intracellular parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, persists in, and potentially changes, the mammalian brain. Understanding the Toxoplasma-brain interaction offers the opportunity to develop better therapies to treat toxoplasmosis as well as giving new insights into how to manipulate the brain immune response which has been implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases.
Coordinator, Bac/Est Resource Center
We are a plant genomics lab who specialize in whole genome sequencing and assembly; with analyses of structural variation, gene modeling and transcriptomes. Our work on major projects of rice, corn, barley, etc, allows us to share our technical expertise with other researchers.
Associate Professor, Immunobiology, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP
Michael Kuhns' research program is focused on (i) increasing our basic understanding of how T cell fate decisions are made (e.g. development, activation, differentiation, effector functions), and (ii) increasing their working knowledge of how to manipulate these decisions to direct T cells towards a desired outcome, such as increasing responses to vaccines or tumors, preventing transplant rejection, or attenuating autoimmunity.
Research Professor, BIO5 Institute, Research Professor, Public Health
Assistant Professor, Aerospace-Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Head, Postdoctoral Programs, Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Mathematics, Professor, Public Health
Dr. Lega's research aims to understand nonlinear phenomena and how they affect physical or biological systems around us. Her work, which is collaborative in nature, combines data-informed mathematical modeling with mathematical analysis of the models and numerical simulations. Her scientific contributions span the areas of nonlinear science, fluid dynamics, nonlinear optics, molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, geosciences, and more recently, mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Lega is a Professor of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (GIDP), and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the UA Bio 5 Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Professor, Management Information Systems
Associate Professor, Child Health - (Research Scholar Track)
Jonathan Lifshitz's research questions primarily investigate traumatic brain injury as a disease process that dismantles, repairs and regenerates circuits in the brain. The underlying principle is that adaptive repair and regeneration fail, leaving a miswired brain and neurological impairments that decrease quality of life.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Developing safer, more stable sunscreens
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Director, Shared Resources, Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Director, Aribi Institute, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Professor, Physiology
Precise diagnosis and treatment of disease requires an ability to target agents to specific tissues and cell types within those tissues. We are developing agents that exhibit cell type specificity for these purposes.
Associate Professor, Medicine, Associate Professor, Public Health
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Medicine, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Materials Handler
Director, Asthma / Airway Disease Research Center, Endowed Chair, Swift - McNear, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Pediatrics, Regents Professor, Professor, Genetics - GIDP
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Psychology, Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Professor, Medicine
Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Executive Assistant
Program Coordinator
Co-Director, Arizona Center on Aging, Department Head, Immunobiology, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Immunobiology, Professor, Medicine, Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
Program Coordinator
Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Medical Imaging - (Research Scholar Track), Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Professor, Surgery
Director, Statistical Research and Education, Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Mathematics, Professor, Public Health, Professor, Statistics-GIDP
Data science for environmental and public health applications, with emphasis on environmental risk assessment and informatics for precision medicine.
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry-Sci, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Assistant Research Scientist
Accountant, Senior
Public Affairs Student Asst
Manager, Marketing / Events
Professor, Neurology, Professor, Psychology, Professor, Speech/Language and Hearing, Professor, BIO5 Institute
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Public Affairs Student Asst
Dean, College of Medicine-Phoenix Campus, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Internal Medicine
Research Assistant Scientist
Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Renquist Lab Research aims to address the causes and consequent diseases of obesity. To this end we have research focused on 1) type 2 diabetes and obesity associated hypertension, 2) development of effective, ligand-directed, chemotherapeutic for cancer, and 3) central nervous system control of visceral blood flow and food intake.
Director, Finance-Operations
Events Coordinator
Senior Director, Communications - Public Affairs
Student Group B
Dean, College of Science, Director, Biosphere 2, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Geosciences, Vice President, Innovation - Office for Research and Discovery
Graphic Designer, Senior
Applications Systems Analyst/Developer, Senior
Manager, BIO5 Facilities / Planning
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Professor, Entomology, Associate Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Regents Professor
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Mathematics, Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Professor, Physiology, Research Professor, Arizona Research Labs
Professor, Immunobiology - (Research Scholar Track)
Associate Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Associate Professor, Immunobiology, Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Public Affairs Student Asst
Chief, Science / Technology Officer, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Professor, Environmental Science-Ext, Professor, Public Health
I am an Environmental Engineering with training in Toxicology and Chemistry. My primary field of expertise is identification, health assessment, and fate of environmental pollutants. I also work in the field of drug discovery from natural products. My team and I also develop novel analytical techniques for ultra-trace analysis, including on-line sensor systems.
Research Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Assistant Professor, Physiology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Associate Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
The Sutphin Lab studies the molecular basis of aging. Individual age is the primary risk factor for the majority of the top causes of death in the United States and other developed nations. As our population grows older, aging is increasingly a central problem for both individual quality of life and the economics of societal health. Understanding the molecular architecture that drives aging will reveal key intervention points to extend healthy human lifespan, simultaneously delay onset of multiple categories of age-associated disease, and develop targeted treatments for specific pathologies. We use a combination of systems biology, comparative genetics, and molecular physiology to identify new genetic and environmental factors in aging and characterize their molecular role in age-associated disease.
Assistant Research Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor, Aerospace-Mechanical Engineering, Adjunct Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
IT Student Assistant
Distinguished Outreach Professor, Faculty Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, Plant Sciences
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
We combine chemical and computer vision approaches to discover how regenerative tissues process environmental information to promote accurate cell fate decisions and prevent uncontrolled cell growth.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Director, Ligand Discovery Laboratory, Research Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Research Professor
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor, Mathematics, Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Director, Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases (ABCD), Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Associate Director, Asthma / Airway Disease Research Center
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Associate Professor, Optical Sciences, Associate Professor, Physics, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Senior Scientific Analyst, iPlant
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry-Pharmacology & Toxicology
Director, Drug Discovery Program, Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Chair, Statistics-GIDP, Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Mathematics, Professor, Public Health
Assistant Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Assistant Research Professor, Director, Viper Institute
Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Director, Willed Body Program
Assistant Professor, Immunobiology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Assistant Professor, Surgery
Director, Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Professor, Radiation Oncology
Our research approaches apply a combination of advances in nanoscience, molecular biology and omics to a new generation of biological tools and sensors based on nano and microscale technologies for breakthrough applications in healthcare delivery.
Professor, Professor, BIO5 Institute, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Student Group B