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
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
 
Townes-Anderson, Ellen
PROF-TE-DIR
andersel@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Azzam, Edouard The roles and mechanisms of redox-modulated intercellular communication in the biological effects of ionizing radiation
PROF-TE
azzamei@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
 
Beck, Kevin Stress/anxiety vulnerability, neuroendocrinology of sex differences in stress responsiveness and learning, neural basis of avoidance behavior.
ASSOC PROF-COTERM
beckkd@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
 
Calderon, Frances http://njms.rutgers.edu/resource_locator/find_people/profile.cfm?mbmid=calderfr#tab-research
ADJ ASST PROF - BS
calderfr@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
 
Dartois, Veronique Research activities focus on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, tissue distribution and imaging of TB drugs, in animal models and in new in vitro assays.
ASSOC PROF-RES-DIR
dartoiva@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
 
Diehl, Scott We study millions of genetic polymorphisms from arrays or next generation sequencing to reveal the causes of individual differences in disease risk and response
Professor - Director
diehlsr@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
 
Elkabes, Stella The molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration and protection in animal models of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury are investigated.
ASSOC PROF-RES
elkabest@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
 
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
 
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
 
Heary, Robert Translational research is performed to alleviate secondary injury and promote functional recovery in spinal cord trauma. Surgical interventions are developed to
PROF-CLIN
heary@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Herbig, Utz My laboratory studies telomere dysfunction, cellular senescence, and the role of cellular senescence in cancer and aging.
ASSOC PROF-TT
herbigut@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Howells, Richard Structure/activity of opioid receptors. Opioids as pharmacological chaperones during receptor biosynthesis. Inhibition of tumor cell growth by select opioids.
PROF-TE
howells@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
 
Ivessa, Andreas We investigate which alterations occur in chromosomal DNA during replicative and chronological aging in yeast and mammalian cells
ASST PROF-RES
ivessaan@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
 
Kaback, David The Kaback Lab investigates chromosome structure and function using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We are most interested in how chromosomes function during meiosis
PROF-TE
kaback@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kuzhikandathil, Eldo
MANAGING DIR
kuzhikev@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Lazzarino, Deborah
ASST PROF-PROF PRAC-ASST DEAN
lazzarda@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
 
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
 
Levison, Steven Enhancing regeneration of the CNS after injury by understanding how to expand resident neural stem cells and through neural stem cell transplantation.
PROF-TE
levisosw@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Li, Hong My lab aims to develop mass spectrometry technologies to study the role of protein post-translational modifications and protein-protein interactions in regulati
ASSOC PROF-TE-DIR
liho2@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Lin, Sheldon Our lab, Ortho bone regeneration medicine , focuses on stem cell, growth factor and systems in several models(long bone, fracture, fusion) of normal/impaired DM
ASSOC PROF-TE-DIV CHIEF
linss@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
 
Matsuda, Miho http://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/cell_biology_and_molecular_medicine/labs/matsuda/aboutourlab.cfm
ASST PROF-TT
matsudmi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Mc Ardle, Joseph
PROF-TE
mcardle@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Siracusa, Mark My lab investigates the early cellular and molecular events that promote inflammation in the context of protective immunity to helminths and allergic disease.
ASST PROF-TT
mcs294@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Moran, Elizabeth My lab aims to expand understanding of carcinogenesis and tissue regeneration, with particular focus on cellular targets of DNA tumor viruses in osteoblast diff
PROF-TE-DIR
moranel@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
 
Pandey, Virendra Hepatitis C virus - host cell interaction, HIV-1 biology, enzymology of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and HCV replicase, protein-protein interaction
ASSOC PROF-TE
vnp22@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Pang, Kevin My research is in the realm of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Our current research focuses on the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and attention.
pangke@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Park, Misun
ADJ ASST PROF BS
parkmi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Park, Yongkyu Regulation of longevity by Imd and Loco signaling pathways in fruitflies
ASST PROF-RES
parky1@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Parveen, Nikhat To understand the molecular basis of pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Lyme disease causing Borrelia burgdorferi and syphilis causing Treponema pallidum.
ASSOC PROF-TT
parveeni@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
 
Rameshwar, Pranela The lab studies hematopoietic stem cell, cancer stem cell and mesenchymal stem cells. Research studies are conducted for breast cancer and glioblastoma. Mesench
PROF-TE
rameshwa@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Gaspers, Lawrence
ASSOC PROF-TT
gasperld@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
 
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
 
Rohowsky-Kochan, Christine Research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate immune responses and on strategies to manipulate these responses in autoimmunity and neurological diseases.
PROF-TE
rohowscm@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
 
Servatius, Richard I am a Behavioral Neuroscientist interested in stress, the genesis of anxiety disorders, unexplained illness, developmental abnormalities, and military medicine
PROFESSOR - BS
servatrj@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
 
Tyagi, Sanjay We study the intracellular dynamics of mRNA synthesis and localization.
PROF-RES
tyagisa@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
 
Vatner, Dorothy
PROF-TE
vatnerdo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Whitehead, Ian My laboratory is investigating new treatment modalities for CML. This is a hematopoietic stem cell disorder that accounts for about 25% of all leukemias.
PROF-TE-DIR
whiteip@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Wood, Teresa Signaling pathways regulating neural and mammary epithelial stem/progenitor cells in normal development, diseases and injury.
PROF-TE-VICE CHAIR
woodte@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Wu, Lizhao My laboratory is primarily interested in understanding how the Rb/E2F pathway and other tumor suppressor/oncogenic pathways control normal development and cance
ADJ ASST PROF BS
wuli@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
 
Zarbin, Marco Research is focused on developing cell-based therapy for degenerative retinal disease, including age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindnes
PROF-TE-CHAIR
zarbin@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
 
Neuroscience
Physiology
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