Math P. Cuajungco

Contact Information

Office: MH 207D

Phone: 657-278-8522


Math P. Cuajungco



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


PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand

MSc, 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, TMEM176A, and TMEM176B; Zinc neurobiology and zinc transporters; Metallobiology of Alzheimer's disease

Courses Regularly Taught

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


Cuajungco, M.P., Silva, J.*, Habibi, A.#, and Valadez, J.A.# (2016) The Mucolipin-2 (TRPML2) ion channel: a tissue-specific protein crucial to normal cell function. Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology, 468, 177-192. *Undergraduate student; #Graduate 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

Samie, M.A.#, Grimm, C., Evans, J.A.*, Curcio-Morelli, C., Heller, S., Slaugenhaupt, S.A., and Cuajungco, M.P. (2009) The tissue-specific expression of TRPML2 (MCOLN2) gene is influenced by the presence of TRPML1. Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology, 459, 79-91. *Undergraduate student; #Graduate student