Multidisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences

Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (I3) Track

The I3 track of our graduate program is ideal for students interested in training for basic and translational research careers in immunology, microbiology, and microbial and host pathogenesis.  The coursework for I3 comprises the first 15 months of the program, and includes introductory and advanced courses taught in lectures and small, Socratic group formats.  The I3 curriculum will provide the theoretical bases for molecular biologic, biochemical, cell biologic, and organismal approaches to studying infection, immunity, and inflammation.  Following coursework, I3 students will be prepared to critically evaluate and implement these approaches in their Ph.D. dissertation projects.  I3 students will select a mentor and project from among the I3 faculty, whose research programs span the fields of Immunology, Virology, Bacteriology, Mycology, and Parasitology.  Students who earn Ph.D. degrees in the I3 program will be positioned to continue their careers as leaders in directing and performing biomedical research.

All Faculty in the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation (I3) Track
Immunology
Barnes, Betsy
ASSC PROF BASIC SCIENCE
barnesbe@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Batish, Mona We are developing a method for single molecule RNA imaging of gene fusion transcripts. We are also working to explore the biology of Ewing Sarcoma cancers.
ASST PROF-TT
batishmo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Benevenia, Joseph Our department provides exposure to a myraid of musculoskeletal investigations including molecular signaling, tissue engineering, enhancement of bone healing, m
PROF-TE-CHAIR
benevejo@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Bhanot, Purnima We study the molecular mechanisms in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium and its mammalian host that regulate the parasite's development in the host liver.
ASSOC PROF-TT
bhanotpu@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Birge, Raymond We are interested in the signaling pathways by which normal cells become malignant through the activation of oncogenes.
PROF-TE
birgera@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, Patricia Our lab focuses on innate immune responses to human viral pathogens. Current work is centered on the basic and clinical biology of plasmacytoid dendritic cells,
PROF-TE-DIR
bocarsly@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
 
Chang, Li Yun The role of innate immunity in HIV transmission in the setting of sexually transmitted infection; HIV-human peritoneal macrophage interaction.
ASSOC PROF-RES
changth@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
 
Coffman, Frederick Tumor cell biology including chitinase proteins in tumor survival, TNF cytotoxic mechanisms, regulation of DNA replication, and biophysical profiling
ASSOC PROF-TEACH
coffmafd@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
 
Deitch, Edwin Research is on the pathophysiology of trauma and sepsis-induced and multiple organ failure and involves animal models, patient studies, molecular-cell biology.
PROF CLIN SUB CM
edeitch@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
 
Eugenin, Eliseo The focus of my laboratory is in the mechanims by which viruses attack the brain, as well as other factors that alters brain integrity such as drug of abuse.
ASSOC PROF-RES
eugeniea@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Gause, William http://njms.umdnj.edu/research/gause/research.htm
PROF-TE-ASSOC DEAN
gausewc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Ghesani, Nasrin
ASSOC PROF-CLIN
ghesannv@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kachlany, Scott Our research focuses on the use of a bacterial protein for the treatment of white blood cell diseases.
kachlasc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kaplan, Gilla The research in the Kaplan lab focuses on defining the host immune response to M. tuberculosis (MTB) infection and identifying immunologic correlates of protect
ADJ PROF - ASSOC DIR
kaplangi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Edelblum, Karen
ASST PROF-TT
ke163@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kotenko, Sergei Research is focused on cytokine-mediated regulation of the immune response to infections and pathologies such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
PROF-TE
kotenkse@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
 
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
 
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
 
Lutz, Carol We are interested in how eukaryotic gene expression regulation (e.g.COX-2) can be accomplished by RNA processing, alt polyadenylation, miRNAs & stability
ASSOC PROF-TT-ASST DEAN
lutzcs@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Mannino, Raphael
ASSC PROF BASIC SCIENCE
manninrj@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
 
O'Connor, James We study how inflammation and the innate immune response regulate tissue regeneration with a particular emphasis on lipid mediators and bone regeneration.
ASSOC PROF-TT
oconnojp@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
 
Pinter, Abraham Our research is focused on understanding the basis for the inability of the immune system to control HIV, and identifying new targets and approaches to an effec
PROF-RES-ASSOC DIR
pinterab@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Ponzio, Nicholas The PonzioLab studies maternal-fetal immunology, and mechanisms of fetal programming of the immune system that promote disease vulnerability in adult offspring.
PROF-TE
ponzio@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
 
Raveche, Elizabeth http://njms2.umdnj.edu/gpthnweb/raveche.html
PROF BASIC SCIENCE
raveches@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Rivera-Medina, Amariliz Our research interest is centered in understanding the development of CD4 T cell responses to the opportunistic fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. We are p
ASST PROF-TT
riveraam@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Rodriguez, Gloria Iron is an essential nutrient for most living organisms that is not freely available to pathogens infecting humans. My laboratory studies the molecules and m
ASST PROF-RES
rodrigg2@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
 
Salgame, Padmini Unraveling immune protective mechanisms against Tuberculosis is axial to the research projects of the Salgame laboratory.
PROF-TE-DIR
salgampa@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Spolarics, Zoltan We study the effect of genetic variability on the inflammatory response focusing on X-linked genes and the role of cellular X chromosome mosaicism.
PROF-TE
spolaric@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Subbian, Selvakumar
ASST PROF-RES
subbiase@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Tsiagbe, Vincent Endogenous retrovirus superantigen in B cell lymphoma; Human endogenous retroviruses in human cancer; Immunologic basis of periodontal disease & bone resorption
ASSC PROF BASIC SCIENCE
tsiagbvk@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
 
Yap, George Regulation of Effector and Memory T cell differentiation by Cytokines, Regulation of the Immune Response by IL-10, Autophagy and Innate Immunity to Toxoplasma g
ASSOC PROF-TE
yapgs@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Oral Biology
Infectious Disease
Microbiology
Pathology

Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation Curriculum

Admissions committee chair: Dr. David Lukac
Please address inquiries and requests for information to: iii@gsbs.rutgers.edu

Additional information on specific faculty research interests can be found on the following departmental websites:

Molecular Pathology and Immunology

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Oral Biology

Public Health Research Institute

Medicine - Division of Infectious Disease

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