Multidisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences

Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer (MBGC) Track

The MBGC Track includes the disciplines of Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Cancer, as well as Biochemistry, Radiation Biology, Structural Biology, and Bioinformatics. These disciplines encompass a set of complementary approaches to life processes. Their common objective is to understand how structure and function define intra- and inter-cellular processes. Students in this track will receive a broad, yet personalized, scientific education. Such training will expand the students' capacity for scholarly activity and independent creative thinking. The MBGC Track emphasizes practical preparation for scientific careers in both academia and industry.

 

All Faculty in the Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer (MBGC) Track
Biochemistry
Molecular Genetics
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
 
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
 
Tian, Bin Our lab studies evolution, mechanisms and consequences of alternative polyadenylation by computational and molecular biology approaches.
PROF-TE
btian@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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Kuzhikandathil, Eldo
MANAGING DIR
kuzhikev@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
 
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
 
Matsuda, Miho http://njms.rutgers.edu/departments/cell_biology_and_molecular_medicine/labs/matsuda/aboutourlab.cfm
ASST PROF-TT
matsudmi@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Lambert, Muriel Genomic instability and cancer predisposition diseases; the hematological disorder, Fanconi anemia, and the role defective DNA repair plays in this disorder
PROF-TE
mlambert@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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Raveche, Elizabeth http://njms2.umdnj.edu/gpthnweb/raveche.html
PROF BASIC SCIENCE
raveches@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
 
Santos, Janine We are interested in mitochondrial biology and DNA metabolism. Our work focuses on mitochondrial telomerase and on mitochondrial defects associated to ATM defic
ADJ ASST PROF BS
santosja@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
 
Sugimoto, Katsunori Our laboratory studies cellular DNA damage response, telomere maintenance, cell senescence and transcriptional control.
ASSOC PROF-TE
sugimoka@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Suzuki, Carolyn Mitochondrial biogenesis and apoptosis Mitochondrial ATP-dependent proteases & chaperones Inhibitors to these proteases & chaperones to treat human disease
ASSOC PROF-RES
suzukick@njms.rutgers.edu
 
Tyagi, Sanjay We study the intracellular dynamics of mRNA synthesis and localization.
PROF-RES
tyagisa@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
 
Wieder, Robert Our laboratory studies the mechanisms of dormancy and resistance to chemotherapy in breast cancer cells that metastasize to the bone marrow.
PROF-TE-PROVOST
wiederro@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
 
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
 
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
 
Cancer Biology
Radiation Biology
Bioinformatics
Pathology

Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer Curriculum

Guided Curriculum in Cancer Biology
Guided Curriculum in Structural Biology
Guided Curriculum in Translational Research
Guided Curriculum in Genomics Bioinformatics
Guided Curriculum in Gene Expression and Signal Transduction

Admissions committee chair: Dr. Nikhat Parveen
Please address inquiries and requests for information to: mbgc@gsbs.rutgers.edu

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

Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Cancer Center

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