Prospective Students

Multidisciplinary PhD Program in
Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Engineering Track


Faculty Listing


Benevenia, Joseph

I have clinical expertise and perform investigations in the field of limb preservation. Specifically, my lab studies allografts and endoprosthetic reconstructions to treat musculoskeletal tumors.

Berlin, Joshua

P-type active ion transporters: ion transport mechanism and roles in disease processes. Cellular mechanisms underlying acute traumatic brain injury.

Chu, Alice
Associate Professor

Her specialty interests include pediatric upper extremity disorders and more specifically, conditions such as arthrogryposis, brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy.

Cugini, Carla
Assistant Professor
Molecular mechanisms that govern the in vivo inter- and intra-species interactions within the oral cavity and impact on the host response.

Daneault, Jean-Francois
Assistant Professor

His research focuses on better understanding motor behavior in health and disease using technology in order to improve/optimize movements of individuals with chronic diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, cerebral palsy, and stroke, through physical therapy and exercise.    

Del Re, Dominic
Assistant Professor

Novel signaling pathways mediating heart injury following ischemic stress. HIPPO signaling in multiple cardiac cell types.

Esopenko, Carrie
Assistant Professor

Neurocognitive and psychosocial assessment of concussion in collegiate and professional athletes. Psychiatric comorbidities, cognitive impairment, and neuronal signatures of brain trauma in survivors of intimate partner violence.

Fluet, Gerard
Associate Professor

 I have studied upper extremity rehabilitation interventions in persons with hemiparesis for the past 10 years. Our lab has produced several systems utilizing haptically rendered virtual environments that present intensive motor training interventions designed to normalize arm and hand function. We have designed and tested lab-based, hospital based and now home based equipment.

Freundlich, Joel
Associate Professor

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.

Gohel, Suril
Assistant Professor

The neuroinformatics lab at Rutgers focuses on understanding human brain function during resting state and in task conditions, and how that is disrupted by cognitive challenges and in neuro-clinical populations. Specifically, we use multiband, neuroimaging data to understand and quantify frequency-specific changes in functional brain integration.

Guarrera, James

I am an active clinical  transplant surgeon with extensive experience in abdominal organ transplantation. I am recognized for my novel contributions to the field of organ preservation and liver machine perfusion. In addition I direct a lab effort focusing on molecular investigation of transplant ischemia/reperfusion injury.

Gunal, Ozlem
Assistant Professor

Molecular mechanisms affecting neuronal function and plasticity in rodent models of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism, intellectual disability, and addiction behavior.

Howell, Roger

Dr. Howell explores an expanded therapeutic role for radium-223 and alpha particle emitting radionuclides in general. Our proposed studies are in direct response to recent statements that the potential role of bystander effects in radionuclide therapies is underexplored.

Kannurpatti, Sridhar
Assistant Professor

Biomedical and functional imaging in physiology and disease. Specializes in the development and application of multi-modal structural and functional imaging of the brain in vivo in combination with preclinical behavioral, histochemical and neurochemical approaches.

Lemenze, Alex
Assistant Professor


Levison, Steven

We are working to enhance regeneration of the CNS after pediatric stroke and traumatic injuries by understanding how to expand resident neural stem cells and coordinate a regenerative response to injury.

Lin, Sheldon
Associate Professor

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.

Liu, Dongfang
Associate Professor

Immunobiology of NK and CTLs, with a focus on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) cells, CAR immunotherapy, and HIV-specific CTLs in chronic HIV and its related malignancies

Mitrofanova, Antonina
Assistant Professor

My laboratory develops computational algorithms to elucidate genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic mechanisms of therapeutic resistance in oncology and to identify optimal treatment strategies for cancer patients. Our goal is to build a panel of markers to predict patients at risk of treatment resistance, with further advice on their optimal therapeutic course.

Nolan, Karen
Assistant Director

Dr. Nolan specializes in the study of new technologies with potential applications in rehabilitation research for deficits in gait and balance that impair mobility.

O'Connor, James
Associate Professor

We study how inflammation and the innate immune response regulate tissue regeneration with a particular emphasis on lipid mediators and bone regeneration.

Petrou, Vasileios
Assistant Professor

Structural studies of membrane enzymes and receptors relevant to antibiotic resistance or human physiology and pathology using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.

Rameshwar, Pranela

The lab studies hematopoietic stem cell, cancer stem cell and mesenchymal stem cells. Research studies are conducted for breast cancer and glioblastoma.

Rohacs, Tibor

Regulation of ion channels in sensory neurons: temperature sensors and nociceptors. Structure and function studies on TRPV6, an intestinal calcium transporting.

Toosizadeh, Nima
Associate Professor
Dr. Toosizadeh achieved his PhD in Industrial and System Engineering Department at Virginia Tech in 2013 with a Human Factor focus. Before joining Rutgers, he continued as a post-doc and then as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Toosizadeh’s research focus is computational modeling of human movement, sensor-based assessment of physiological system performance (ECG, EMG, EEG, and fNIRS), and machine learning tools to diagnose and treat older adults with aging-related conditions, especially frailty and cognitive impairment assessment and fall rehabilitation.

Saleh, Soha
Research Scientist

Dr. Saleh studies underlying mechanisms of neuromuscular function, specifically neural networks involved in motor learning and control, and neuroplasticity after injury and in response to rehabilitation interventions.

Santhakumar, Vijayalakshmi
Adjunct Associate Professor

My lab uses electrophysiology and computational modeling to examine how plasticity and modulation of inhibitory circuit connectivity contributes to epilepsy.

Serrador, Jorge
Associate Professor

Cerebral blood flow regulation and the role of the vestibular system in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular control.  Enhancing neural systems using stochastic resonance.  Sex differences in human physiology.

Shimizu, Emi
Assistant Professor

Effect of diabetes on dental stem cell machinery to heal tooth injury. Tooth regeneration using iPS cells or oral mucosa stem cells.

Tyagi, Sanjay

We study the intracellular dynamics of mRNA synthesis and localization.

Wood, Teresa

Signaling pathways regulating neural and mammary epithelial stem/progenitor cells in normal development, diseases and injury.

Yang, Jason
Assistant Professor

Systems and syntheteic biology of chronic and infectious disease. Computational modeling, machine learning, quantitative microscopy, genetic engineering

Zeni, Joseph
Associate Professor

His research focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with arthritis of the hip and knee joints. Specifically, Dr. Zeni is investigating ways to restore normal movement patterns after hip and knee replacement. He has a particular interest in developing methods to work with patients outside of the laboratory or clinical setting.












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