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
Oral Biology
Infectious Disease
Microbiology
Pathology
Beaulieu, Aimee
ASST PROF-TT
ab1550@njms.rutgers.edu
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Gause, William http://njms.umdnj.edu/research/gause/research.htm
PROF-TE-ASSOC DEAN
gausewc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Nagajyothi, Jyothi http://www.phri.org/research/res_pinagajyothi.asp
ASST PROF-RES
jfn31@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
 
Kaushik-Basu, Neerja Molecular basis of Hepatitis C virus replication, pathogenesis, dysregulation of host signaling pathway and develop HCV antivirals
ASSC PROF BASIC SCIENCE
kaushik@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Edelblum, Karen
ASST PROF-TT
ke163@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
 
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
 
Raveche, Elizabeth http://njms2.umdnj.edu/gpthnweb/raveche.html
PROF BASIC SCIENCE
raveches@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
 
Studzinski, George Cancer therapy translational studies of signaling networks that integrate control of cell cycle,apoptosis and vitamin D-induced leukemia cell differentiation.
PROF EMERITUS-FTTRP
studzins@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Subbian, Selvakumar
ASST PROF-RES
subbiase@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Bergsbaken, Tessa
AWAITING FACULTY APPT - AAUP
 
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
 

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:

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Oral Biology

Public Health Research Institute

Medicine - Division of Infectious Disease

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