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Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix (UA COM-Phoenix). We are the academic home to a faculty with a diverse research portfolio in basic biomedical sciences. The BMS faculty also teach and provide curricular leadership to support the educational mission of the college. Our blended faculty creates a unique environment to perform cutting-edge collaborative and interdisciplinary research aimed at investigating fundamental biological questions and finding solutions to challenges in cancer, metabolic and cardiovascular as well as neurological and infectious diseases.

Core Mission:

Through discovery, education and service, the BMS faculty strive to be leaders in their areas of scholarship. Using interdisciplinary approaches, BMS faculty perform hypothesis-driven investigations to reveal mechanisms that underlie biological processes and human disease and collaborate with clinical researchers to facilitate the development of novel diagnostics, therapies and preventive measures. BMS faculty are also engaged in medical and graduate education by developing, delivering and assessing curricula, and conduct educational scholarship.

Find out more about our research and teaching activities by following the respective links. The research interests of our faculty are described in detail on their individual pages.


Paul E. Boehmer, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Basic Medical Sciences