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
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
 
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
 
Christakos, Sylvia The object of research in the Christakos lab is to obtain a better understanding of the molecular mechanism of action of vitamin D
PROF-TE
christak@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Contreras, Jorge Research in my laboratory focuses on defining the molecular and cellular determinants that regulate cell-to-cell communication.
ASST PROF-TT
contrejo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
De Lorenzo, Mariana http://njms.umdnj.edu/departments/cell_biology_and_molecular_medicine/faculty/lorenzo/index.cfm
ASST PROF-RES
delorems@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
 
Ferraris, Ronaldo Cell differentiation and nutrient signaling in epithelia; oxidative stress from sugar metabolism and radiation damage; probiotics and gut microbiome in neonates
PROF-TE
ferraris@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Frederikse, Peter Close links between diabetic complications and major degenerative disease guide our work on amyloid proteins and models of sporadic Alzheimer protein pathology
ADJ ASSC PROF-BS
frederph@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Fritton, J Hormonal, mechanical, and pharmaceutical effects on bone and marrow tissues. Our work has implications for osteoporosis and the cellular repair of bone tissue.
ASST PROF-TT
frittojc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Illsley, Nicholas His research is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in placental transfer and metabolism of nutrients in abnormal fetal growth.
PROF BASIC SCIENCE
illsleni@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kuzhikandathil, Eldo
MANAGING DIR
kuzhikev@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Levin, Barry We study the neural control of energy and glucose homeostasis in animal models of obesity and diabetes. Our primary focus is on the interactions of environment
PROFESSOR
levin@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, Virgil We study the molecular mechanisms that operate in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and ALS, with a focus on abnormalities in axonal trans
ASSOC PROF-RES
muresavi@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
 
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
 
Gaspers, Lawrence
ASSOC PROF-TT
gasperld@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Rohacs, Tibor Regulation of ion channels in sensory neurons: temperature sensors and nociceptors. Structure and function studies on TRPV6, an intestinal calcium transporting
PROF-TE
rohacsti@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Routh, Vanessa Mechanisms by which the brain senses and responds to peripheral nutrient homeostasis and associated dysfunction during obesity, diabetes and disease anorexia
PROF-TE
routhvh@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Shirokov, Roman
ASSOC PROF-TE
rshiroko@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Santhakumar, Vijayalakshmi My lab uses electrophysiology and computational modeling to examine how plasticity and modulation of inhibitory circuit connectivity contributes to epilepsy.
ASSOC PROF-TT
santhavi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Sapru, Hreday
PROF-TE
sapru@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Feldman, Susan We have developed a non-invasive technique, using BOLD fMRI, to diagnose and characterize CNS lesions. Our focus now is on multiple sclerosis and brain tumors.
ASSOC PROF-TE
sufeldma@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
 
Ulloa, Luis We study the physiological and molecular mechanisms modulating the immune system and they can be used to treat infectious and inflammatory disorders.
ASSOC PROF-TE
ulloalu@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
 
Tao, Yuanxiang Ongoing research in my laboratory: molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie chronic pain and opioid-induced analgesic tolerance and hyperalgesia
PROF-TE-VICE CHAIR
yt211@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Biophysics
Cardiovascular Biology
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