Internal Medicine Basic Sciences

We proudly offer basic sciences education in the following areas:


As a division, our mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities in New Mexico and beyond through excellence in research, education and service. 
Our researchers work with international and national leaders in promoting the health in populations, both in clinical and community settings. Collectively, we take pride in working with our local partners, including: 

  • UNM Department of Internal Medicine, 
  • UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, 
  • UNM Clinical Translational Science Research Center, and 
  • UNM Centers (For example, Project ECHO, Native American Health) 
  • NM Department of Health, NM Primary Care Association 
  • And many others 

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The researchers that make up the division of Molecular Medicine provide cutting-edge translational research to bridge the gap between bench work and clinical care.  

An academic unit of the Department of Internal Medicinework through the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are located at the Cancer Research Facility.  

Our mission is to continually  

  • Discover the molecular mechanisms of human disease 
  • Develop new diagnostic, therapeutic, imaging and prevention targets for human disease 
  • Elucidate mechanisms of action and resistance of novel agents 
  • Evaluate promising targeted agents in pre-clinical models 
  • Translate novel agents to early phase human clinical trials with UNM and industry partners  

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The Center for Global Health in UNM’s Department of Internal Medicine is located in the Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex as part of the Health Sciences Center (HSC).

The primary goal of our regional and global activities in the Center for Global Health is to support collaborative networks of multidisciplinary scientists to improve health in communities in New Mexico and around the world.

The Center has a multidisciplinary approach with involvement from faculty across a number of Departments, Schools and Centers at the University of New Mexico and at our international partner sites.

The Center promotes excellence in research, education and clinical service activities through the following objectives:

  • Support and enhance regional and global research activities at the University of New Mexico with a specific focus on priority areas: COVID-19, parasitic diseases, viral diseases, bacterial diseases, emerging infectious diseases and biosafety and biosecurity.
  • Foster collaborative relationships between the University of New Mexico and international partner sites for research, education and service activities.
  • Provide clinical training and research opportunities in Tropical and Global Health for graduate and medical students and postdoctoral fellows.

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The Translational Informatics Division (TiD) provides informatics solutions that enable multi-disciplinary research to accelerate clinical outcomes.

TiD offers unique services to industry and academia such as chemical, biological and biomedical knowledge mining support and prediction. We provide this support through cheminformatics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics software and technologies to help develop groundbreaking treatments in a wide variety of clinical areas. Work featuring contributions from the TiD team has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed articles.

We’re currently working on several projects that seek to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Department of Internal Medicine


Mark Unruh, MD

Department of Internal Medicine


1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-272-4661