Math P. Cuajungco

Contact Information

Office: MH 111C

Phone: 657-278-8522

Math P. Cuajungco



Director, Research Careers Preparatory (RCP) Program (2009-2016)


PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand

MSc (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, New Zealand

BSc, University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Research Areas

Molecular, structural and cellular biology of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels (Mucolipin subfamily); Transmembrane proteins: TMEM163 (aka ZnT11), TMEM176A, and TMEM176B; Zinc neurobiology and zinc transporters; Metallobiology of Mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV) and other neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS)

Courses Regularly Taught

Cellular and Molecular Biology (formerly Cellular Basis of Life), Cellular Neurobiology, Introduction to Scientific Research, MARC Pro-seminar,  Introduction to Big Data Science, and Seminar in Molecular Neurobiology


Ali, S. and Cuajungco, M.P.  (2020) Protocol for quantifying zinc fluxes in cultured cells using fluorescent indicators. STAR Protocols, 1, 100050. 

Sanchez, V.B.*, Ali, S., Escobar , A .*, and Cuajungco, M.P.  (2019) Transmembrane 163 (TMEM163) protein effluxes zinc. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 677, 108166. *Undergraduate student 

Chacon, J.*, Rosas, L.#, and Cuajungco, M.P. (2019) ZnT3 expression levels are down-regulated in the brain of Mcoln1 knockout mice. Molecular Brain, 12, 24. *Undergraduate student; #Post-bac student 

Valadez, J.A.# and Cuajungco, M.P. (2015) PAX5 is the transcriptional activator of the Mucolipin-2 (MCOLN2) gene. Gene, 555, 194-202. *Undergraduate student; #Graduate student 

Cuajungco, M.P., Basilio, L.C.*, Silva, J.*, Hart, T., Tringali, J., Chen, C.C., Biel, M. and Grimm, C. (2014) Cellular zinc levels are modulated by TRPML1-TMEM163 interaction. Traffic, 5, 1247-1265. *Undergraduate student   

Cuajungco, M.P., Podevin, W.#, Valluri, V.K.*, Bui, Q.*, Nguyen, V.H.*, and Taylor, K.* (2012) Abnormal accumulation of human transmembrane (TMEM)-176A and 176B proteins is associated with cancer pathology. Acta Histochemica, 114, 705-712. *Undergraduate student; #Graduate student 

Eichelsdoerfer, J.L.*, Evans, J.A.*, Slaugenhaupt, S.A., and Cuajungco, M.P. (2010) Zinc dyshomeostasis is linked with the loss of Mucolipidosis IV-associated TRPML1 ion channel. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285, 34304-34308. *Undergraduate student