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
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
 
Townes-Anderson, Ellen
PROF-TE-DIR
andersel@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
 
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
 
Kuzhikandathil, Eldo
MANAGING DIR
kuzhikev@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Lu, Min My research focuses on understanding the physical and chemical principles that govern the structure/function relationships in biomedically important proteins.
PROF-RES-DIR
lum1@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
 
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
 
Howell, Roger The research in my laboratory focuses on the biological effects of radioactive materials as they relate to both radiation protection and radiation therapy.
PROF-TE
rhowell@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
 
Tyagi, Sanjay We study the intracellular dynamics of mRNA synthesis and localization.
PROF-RES
tyagisa@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
 
Cardiovascular Biology
Molecular Pharmacology
Stem Cell Biology

CBNP Curriculum

Admissions Committee Chair: Dr. Diego Fraidenraich
Please address inquiries and requests for information to: cbnp@gsbs.rutgers.edu or fraidedi@njms.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