Welcome to the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offers interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience.  These graduate training programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School New Brunswick on our Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses.

In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offers a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 


GSBS at RWJMS students get free membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. You will receive an email with your membership information. Many programs, webinars and workshops are offered for graduate students and postdocs to enhance career development. To learn more about Science Alliance, click here


*The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP)*

The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive six-week summer program offering academic enrichment in the sciences and health care orientated activities. BCP offers three levels of coursework and six different curricula for students at various stages of their undergraduate education. Each level includes a combination of lectures, laboratories, clinical correlations, and small group sessions.

Students in BCP Access Med III Batch of 2014

Omowunmi Adedeji
Mentor: Chenchao Gao, Anuja George and Nancy Walworth, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology

Brandon Roberson
Mentor: Loren Runnels, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology

Yousef Elfanagely
Mentor: Daniel Medina, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine

Amanda Piedra
Mentor: Manisha Bajpai, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Oluwatoyin Dada
Mentor: Kirk Pabon, Mgr. Res study and Jia Shi, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology

Ife Aridegbe
Mentor: Vikas Nanda, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ashley Abbott
Mentor:  Sagar Singh, Ph.D. candidate and David Shreiber, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Ashley Brown
Mentor: Richard Padgett, Ph.D.
Department of Developmental and Molecular Genetics
The Waksman Institute of Microbiology/Rutgers, The State University of NJ

As in the past, GSBS faculty participated in the biochemistry and laboratory part of the BCP Access Med III program. Besides the didactic course work in biochemistry, students were paired with faculty mentors to carry out research in the mentors’ laboratories for 6 weeks. The students participated in journal clubs and presented their research findings at a symposium on July 11th 2014 in the RWJMS East Lecture Hall. We would like to thank all the mentors


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  • Eva Rubio-Marrero

    in Davide Comeletti's lab was selected to go to: Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)

  • Publications:
    Matthew L. KrausharTemporally defined neocortical translation and polysome assembly are determined by the RNA-binding protein, Hu antigen R. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
    Hanif Vahedian-Movahed is co-first author on a paper published in Science in June 2014 "Transcription. Interactions between RNA polymerase and the "core recognition element" counteract pausing"

  • Graduation Awards:
    Jimin Zhang won the Stanley S. Bergen, Jr, Medal of Excellence.
    Kathleen Cappacione
    won the Outstanding Teaching and Service award.
    Winder Perez won the Dissertation Excellence award
    Ahlim Al Sanani won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in the Master's Program.
  • Grants
    Heather McGowan
    received a F31 fellowship from the NIH in May 2014 "Synaptic function of Chromosome 21-encoded miRNAs" 
    Victoria DiBona received a Graduate Student Fellowship in April 2014 from the New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research "Modulating neuroinflammation for treatment of TBI".
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    Norell Hadzimichalis, PhD, Tech Transfer Expert, Outside-Innovation Associate
    Jean Honeywell, PhD, Clinical Research Coordinator, Alchera Bio LLC
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    Mary Lynn Mercado, PhD, Senior Medical Writing Scientist, Janssen Research & Development
    Monica Mody, PhD, Director, Medical Information, Oncology, US Medical Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Harry Du, PhD, JD, Patent Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
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