Multidisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences

Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology (CBNP) Track

This program offers a flexible multidisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities to give students the ability to explore intersections across the disciplines of neuroscience, physiology, biophysics, cardiovascular biology, molecular pharmacology and stem cell biology. During 3 semesters of integrated coursework, students will take 3 laboratory research rotations and select mentors for focused thesis research. Students who earn Ph.D. degrees in the CBNP track will be positioned to continue their careers performing the interdisciplinary and translational systems biology research that will epitomize the future of biomedical research.

All Faculty in the Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology (CBNP) Track
Neuroscience
Physiology
Biophysics
Cardiovascular Biology
Abdellatif, Maha
PROF-TE
abdellma@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Harris, Andrew Structure-function of connexin channels and the roles they play in physiology & pathology, utilizing biophysical, biochemical, genetic and cellular approaches.
PROF-TE
aharris@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Babu, Gopal Research interests are studying (1) the abnormal Ca2+ handling in the pathogenesis of atrial arrhythmias and (2) the proteasome activation in cardiac pathology.
ASST PROF-RES
babugo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Berlin, Joshua My research focus is P-type active ion transporters, their molecular mechanisms of ion transport, their roles in cellular homeostasis and disease processes.
PROF-TE
berlinjr@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Beuve, Annie We study NO-cGMP signaling with biochemistry and integrative physiology tools. This pathway is critical for synaptic plasticity and regulation of blood pressure
PROF-TE
beuveav@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Tian, Bin Our lab studies evolution, mechanisms and consequences of alternative polyadenylation by computational and molecular biology approaches.
PROF-TE
btian@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Duran, Walter We investigate signaling mechanisms that regulate microvascular transport in health and disease. We focus on signaling cascades associated with eNOS-derived nit
PROF-TE-VICE CHAIR
duran@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Fraidenraich, Diego We study pluripotent stem cell based repair of cardiac and skeletal muscle defects using mouse models of human disease. Diseases include muscular dystrophy and
ASST PROF-RES
fraidedi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Jakubowski, Hieronim We are studying mechanisms by which homocysteine (Hcy) causes brain and heart diseases, exploring hypothesis that Hcy-containing proteins contribute to disease.
ADJ PROF
jakubows@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Leibovich, Samuel Cell and molecular biology of inflammation, wound healing and angiogenesis, with a focus on macrophage functions and pathways that regulate their activation.
PROF-TE
leibovic@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Maiese, Kenneth The Maiese laboratory focuses upon therapeutic strategies for disorders such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.
PROF CLIN SUB CM
maieseke@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Muresan, Zoia My research interests include the cell biology of tight junctions and the vesicle trafficking with relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease.
ADJ ASSOC PROF PART TIME
muresazo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Nowycky, Martha My lab studies voltage-gated and TRP channels, signal transduction and calcium signaling. We use imaging and patch clamp techniques.
PROF-TE
nowyckmc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Shirokova, Natalia We study mitochondrial and redox regulation of calcium signaling in skeletal and cardiac muscle under physiological and pathophysiological conditions.
ASSOC PROF-TE
nshiroko@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Park, Misun
ADJ ASST PROF BS
parkmi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Peluffo, Ruben Biophysical chemistry of cardiac L-arginine transporters and their regulation by nitric oxide (NO) and reactive nitrogen species. NO signaling in muscular-dystr
ASST PROF-BASIC SCIENCE
peluffrd@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Qiu, Hongyu My resarch interstings focus on the investigation of novel gene functions and signaling pathways related to cardiaovascular diseases,espacial myocardial ischemi
ASSC PROF BASIC SCIENCE
qiuho@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Rogers, Melissa Studies of transcriptional & post-transcriptional Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 gene regulation as relevant to embryogenesis, cancer, & vascular calcification.
ASSOC PROF-TE
rogersmb@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Shirokov, Roman
ASSOC PROF-TE
rshiroko@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Sapru, Hreday
PROF-TE
sapru@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Thomas, Andrew Endocrine regulation of metabolism; calcium signal transduction in liver, heart & brain; mitochondria and cell injury; signaling in malaria; live cell imaging
PROF-TE-SR ASSOC DEAN
thomasap@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Vatner, Dorothy
PROF-TE
vatnerdo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Xie, Lai-hua Electrophysiology and Calcium handling in the heart; Cardiac remodeling and mechanisms of arrhythmias in experimental and natural animal models.
ASSOC PROF-TT
xiela@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Zhai, Peiyong Research interests: The signaling mechanisms of cardiac myocyte growth and death; and establishing and characterizing animal models of cardiovascular diseases.
ASSOC PROF-RES
zhaipe@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Molecular Pharmacology
Stem Cell Biology

CBNP Curriculum

Admissions Committee Chair: Dr. Vanessa Routh
Please address inquiries and requests for information to: cbnp@gsbs.rutgers.edu

The following subdisciplines can be pursued within the CBNP track:

Neuroscience

Pharmacology and Physiology

Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine

Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

CBNP Application