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
Beaulieu, Aimee
ASST PROF-TT
ab1550@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Alland, David http://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/medicine/infectious_diseases/faculty.cfm
PROF-TE-ASSOC DEAN
allandda@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
 
Bellofatto, Vivian Analysis of gene expression in eukaryotic organisms that include pathogens.
PROF-TE-CHAIR
bellofat@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
 
Cugini, Carla http://sdm.rutgers.edu/research/center/cugini.html
ASST PROF-BASIC SCIENCE
cc1337@sdm.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
 
Chauhan, Neeraj Host-pathogen interactions: Candida adherence and penetration of vascular endothelium. Elucidate signaling pathways that contribute to the pathogenesis.
ASST PROF-RES
chauhan1@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
 
Connell, Nancy Our laboratory is involved in drug discovery and assay development, looking for new antibiotics to treat bacterial respiratory infections.
PROF-TE
connell@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
 
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
 
Drlica, Karl We study antibiotic resistance, fluoroquinolones, and DNA topoisomerases
PROF-TE
drlicaka@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Dubnau, David We work on the control of developmental processes in bacteria, including competence, sporulation and biofilm formation and on DNA transport for transformation.
PROFESSOR - BS
dubnauda@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
 
Goldman, Emanuel With PI Wlodek Mandecki , our research has shifted to using genetically engineered EF-Tu to identify a new sub-class of antibiotics.
PROF-TE
egoldman@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
 
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
 
Freundlich, Joel We study with chemical tools how pathogens, such as M. tuberculosis, adapt to life within the host and, in turn, how the host responds to the infection.
ASSOC PROF-TT
freundjs@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Gause, William http://njms.umdnj.edu/research/gause/research.htm
PROF-TE-ASSOC DEAN
gausewc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Gennaro, Maria (1) Remodeling of M. tuberculosis transcriptome during infection. (2) Mutual signaling between macrophage and pathogen. (3) Immune biomarkers of tuberculosis.
PROF-RES
gennarma@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Ghesani, Nasrin
ASSOC PROF-CLIN
ghesannv@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Schreiner, Helen
Assist Prof - Basic Science
hschrein@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Humayun, Mir Professor M. Zafri Humayun's laboratory is interested in DNA replication fidelity and molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis
PROF-TE
humayun@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
 
Nagajyothi, Jyothi http://www.phri.org/research/res_pinagajyothi.asp
ASST PROF-RES
jfn31@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
 
Kachlany, Scott Our research focuses on the use of a bacterial protein for the treatment of white blood cell diseases.
kachlasc@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Kadouri, Daniel Most bacteria found in natural medical and industrial settings persist in complex microbial communities attached to surfaces known as biofilms. One of the major
ASST PROF-BASIC SCIENCE
kadourde@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
 
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
 
Kramer, Fred Our laboratory has designed novel nucleic acid molecules and developed experimental techniques for extremely sensitive and specific molecular diagnostic assays.
PROF-RES-ASSOC DIR
kramerfr@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
 
Lukac, David Regulation of reactivation of oncogenic herpesviruses. Signal transduction and transcriptional responses. Host-virus interactions.
ASSOC PROF-TE
lukacdm@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
 
Mathews, Michael Regulation of gene expression - transcription and translation; viruses (especially HIV) and cancer; drug therapy; molecular and bioinformatic approaches.
PROF-TE
mathews@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
 
Mindich, Leonard
PROFESSOR - BS
mindicle@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
 
Neiditch, Matthew X-ray crystallographic, biochemical, and genetic studies of bacterial signaling. Rational design of antimicrobial compounds.
ASSOC PROF-TE
neiditmb@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Newlon, Carol
ADJ PROF - ASSOC DIR
newlon@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
 
Palmeri, Diana
ADJ ASST PROF BS
palmerdi@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
 
Parashar, Vijay Cell-cell communication and second messenger signaling play a pivotal role in the development of virulence, antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation by multi
ASST PROF-TT
parashvk@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
 
Perlin, David The Perlin lab is interested in mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, rapid detection of drug resistant bloodstream and respiratory pathogens in high-risk p
PROF-RES-DIR
perlinds@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
 
Ramasubbu, Narayanan Structural biology of proteins involved in oral diseases and biofilm degradation
Associate Professor
ramasun1@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
 
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
 
Sugimoto, Katsunori Our laboratory studies cellular DNA damage response, telomere maintenance, cell senescence and transcriptional control.
ASSOC PROF-TE
sugimoka@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Bergsbaken, Tessa
AWAITING FACULTY APPT - AAUP
 
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
 
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
 
Xue, Chaoyang Our research aims to understand the mechanism of fungal infections by using Cryptococcus neoformans as a model organism. The goal is to develop better approache
ASSOC PROF-RES
xuech@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
 
Kumamoto, Yosuke https://kumamotolaboratory.wixsite.com/mysite
AWAITING FACULTY APPT - AAUP
 
Zhao, Xilin Bacterial stress response network, a novel, gas-based therapy for tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance in general, and quinolone mechanisms of action and resi
ASSOC PROF-RES
zhaox5@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Zhu, Hua Our laboratory studies two herpesviruses, human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) and Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV). Our goal is to understand HCMV and VZV pathogenesis
ASSOC PROF-TE
zhuhu@njms.rutgers.edu
 
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Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation Curriculum

Admissions committee chair: Dr. Amariliz Rivera-Medina
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