Faculty and Research

Arnold B. Rabson, MD, Director              Child Health Institute of New Jersey      Laura Gallagher Endowed Chair of Developmental Biology and                       Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,        Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Child Health Institute of New Jersey

89 French Street, Room 3210
Phone: (732) 235-9523
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: rabsonab@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory
The Rabson laboratory studies the pathogenesis of human retroviral infections including the human T cell leukemia virus type 1-an important cause of human leukemias and inflammatory diseases, and the human immunodeficiency virus.  He also studies the roles of the NF-kB transcription regulators in the genetic basis of normal and malignant T cells, and the molecular basis of hematopoiesis and childhood leukemias. More Information

 

 

Davide Comoletti, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 

Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Room 3275
Phone: (732) 235-9466
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: comoleda@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory
The Comoletti laboratory studies the structural and molecular basis of synapse formation and connectivity. We focus on the atomic structure and cellular functions of trans-synaptic adhesion molecules such as neuroligins, neurexins, LRRTMs, and their complexes. We use structural biology and molecular neuroscience tools to gain insights into how mutations of these proteins associate with autism and other common neurodevelopmental disorders.        Lab Web site

Lisa Denzin, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics      

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Room 4272
Phone: (732) 235-9604
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: lisa.denzin@rutgers.edu

Laboratory
The Denzin laboratory studies antigen presentation and regulation of the immune response.  Her studies have shown the roles of variant MHC molecules in the regulation of autoimmune disorders including type 1 diabetes.  Her laboratory also studies the role of novel cell cycle regulatory proteins in leukemias. Lab Web site

Horacio Novaira, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 

Child Health Institute of New Jersey

89 French Street, Room 4275
Phone: (732) 235-3306
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: h. novaira@rutgers.edu

Laboratory

Chi Wei Lu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Child Health Institute of New Jersey

89 French Street, Room 3276
Phone: (732) 235-2870
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: luch@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory

The Lu laboratory studies stem cell regulation and function and is focused particularly on placental stem cells that determine the growth, differentiation and sufficiency of placental and therefore fetal development.  Her laboratory also studies genes and regulatory pathways that play a role in the development of pediatric malignancies.

 

Zhiping Pang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology                                        Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Room 3277
Phone: (732) 235-8074
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: pangzh@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory
Dr. Pang’s laboratory studies the neural basis of the regulation of feeding, satiety, metabolism and obesity.  His studies may provide insights into the neural causes and consequences of childhood obesity.  He has also developed novel techniques for deriving neuronal cells from primary skin cells providing novel opportunities to study the pathogenesis of neurological disorders, including pediatric developmental disorders and autism. Lab Web site

Sally Radovick, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research                        Robert Wood Johnson Medical School  Chancellor's Scholar                                  Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Child Health Institute of New Jersey

89 French Street, Room 4212
Phone: (732) 235-9524
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: s.radovick@rutgers.edu

 

Laboratory

Derek B. Sant'Angelo, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Harold L. Paz, MD Professorship in Developmental Biology Chief, Division of Developmental Biology Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Child Health Institute of New Jersey

89 French Street, Room 4273
Phone: (732) 235-9394
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: santandb@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory

The Sant'Angelo laboratory studies the regulation of NKT cells and the roles that they play in normal and pathogenic immune responses. His laboratory uses transgenic and knockout mouse models to characterize the functions of the PLZF family of transcription factors in NKT and other immune cells. His studies address fundamental issues in the pathogenesis of numerous pediatric diseases including asthma, autoimmune diseases, juvenile diabetes and cancers.

 

Yufang Shi, DVM, PhD
University Professor of Pharmacology

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


Child Health Institute of New Jersey
89 French Street, Room 4271
Phone: (732) 235-4501
Fax: (732) 235-9333
Email: shiyu@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Laboratory
The Shi laboratory studies the mechanisms and roles of cell death pathways in the regulation of the immune response.  His work probes the roles of apoptosis in the development of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases including asthma.  His laboratory also studies the roles of mesenchymal stem cells in the regulation of the immune response and is investigating the therapeutic potential of these cells for the treatment of inflammatory diseases of childhood. More information