Recent News


August 2014: Congratulations Cliff Fulmer !!

Cliff received the honor of being elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

August 2014: Congratulations Matthew L. Kraushar!!

Matt temporally defined neocortical translation and polysome assembly are determined by the RNA-binding protein, Hu antigen R. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

August 2014: Congratulations Theresa Henry!!

Theresa Henry, a PhD student in Mark Brynildsen's lab at Princeton University, received her F30 NIH fellowship entitled "Development of a method to rapidly quantify persister gene expression".

June 2014: Congratulations Chris Massa!!

Chris's work titled "Pentoxifylline attenuates nitrogen mustard-induced acute lung injury, oxidative stress and inflammation" was published in the Experimental Molecular Pathology

May 2014: Congratulations Cliff!!

Cliff's work was published in the Journal of Neuroscience "Astrocyte-derived BDNF supports myelin protein synthesis after cuprizone-induced demyelination"

April 2014: Congratulations Mazell!!

Mazell was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA fellowship for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Degree Fellows (F30) for her research proposal titled "MHC1 molecules in age-related synapse loss at the neuromasuclar junction"

Match Results for Class of 2014

Congratulations to the MD/PhD class of 2014 on yet another successful match day!!

We are extremely proud of our graduating seniors who have been selected for positions at top-notch residency programs across the country, including:

  • Tim Arlow, PhD (Princeton ) – Ophthalmology – Wills Eye Institute
  • Desmond Brown, PhD (Princeton) – Neurosurgery – Mayo Clinic
  • Eric Chen, PhD (Princeton) – Orthopedic surgery – Boston University
  • Hilary Grosso, PhD (Rutgers) – Neurology – New York Presbyterian
  • Jay Oza, PhD (Rutgers) – Internal Medicine - Dartmouth


January 2014: Congratulations Tim!!

Congratulations to Timothy Arlow! Tim has matched at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia for Ophthalmology for 2014 Match.

October 2013: Congratulations to MD/PhD student Chris Massa, who's poster won Membership choice best poster award for Mid-Atlantic division from the Society of Toxicology!

September 2013: Congratulations to MD/PhD student Jinesh Gheeya, who has been awarded an NIH F30 pre-doctoral fellowship. Jinesh is a 5th year MD/PhD student in Dr. Shridar Ganesan's lab at CINJ!

September 2013: The Program Admits 1st Planning & Public

Policy Doctorate Student

Sana Ahmad, currently entering the graduate phase of her MD/PhD, will be pursuing her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Prior to joining the MD/PhD program, Sana obtained a master’s degree at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, where her interest in health policy and public health only grew especially in the context of current overhaul efforts in healthcare. Thus Sana hopes to utilize her dual education to be at the vanguard of policy research in order to offer a link between primary healthcare providers and health policy. She tells us, “I would like to help patients with issues that go beyond my ability to diagnose and treat them.  This is precisely where an understanding of planning and public policy issues will be helpful as small changes in policy at the systems level can have tremendous implications for improvements in health and healthcare”  

September 2013: The Program Admits 1st Anthropology

Doctorate Student

"Manny" Martinez Alcaraz is an incoming first year MD/PhD candidate who has chosen to pursue his doctorate at the Rutgers Program in Anthropology (Critical Interventions in Theory and Ethnography track). Anthropology has been an ongoing interest of Manny, who completed his undergraduate major in the subject at TCNJ through a self-designed curriculum. A major clinical challenge is the implementation of care in the diverse modern healthcare environment  Manny hopes to utilize his MD/PhD training to help understand and address this complex issue; adding, "I want to become an effective physician-investigator, working to discover and apply new knowledge about the experience of patients’ illnesses and the complex structural challenges in treating them" (1). While the role of the physician scientist may have traditionally been thought in the realm of bench-to-bedside medical research, Manny shows another dimension for "transnational" work, one between healthcare and the people it serves.

August 2013: Another addition to the MD/PhD program

Chris Massa, 6th year MD/PhD student, and his wife Kate Massa welcomed twin baby girls. The girls and mom are in high spirit.

Anna Lynn Massa - Born 8/9/13 at 1:40 PM,  5 lbs 9.2 Oz & 18.75 in
Emma Marie Massa - Born 8/9/13 at 1:43 PM - 5 lbs 9.6 Oz & 18.5 in

August 2013: AOA Induction

Desmond Brown and Timothy Arlow, current M4 students, are inducted to AOA Honor Medical Society

August 2013: White Coat Ceremony

Incoming MD/PhD students Ben Deverett, Sam Kogan, Stephanie Oh, "Manny" Martinez Alcaraz, and Alex Goglia during the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2017 on August 9, 2013.

July 2013: Newest Addition to the MD/PhD program

Heather McGowan, a 2nd year PhD student, welcomed a baby girl on July 27, 2013. Baby Isabelle Claire Pelliccio is 7 lb 1 oz. Both mother and baby are in good spirit.

July 2013: Annual MD/PhD Research Symposium

Annual MD/PhD Research symposium was on Friday 7/26/2013 at the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research Building at Rutgers University. Dr. Serge Przedborski from Columbia University gave the keynote address.

June 2013: Annual Summer Beach Bash

More than 60 pediatric patients of the Chandler Health Center, along with their families, attended a “Summer Beach Bash” event on June 1. It included carnival games, prizes, teddy bear checkups and refreshments. Children received health and safety information

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The event was organized by the Community Service Committee of the RWJMS (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)/Rutgers University/Princeton University MD/PhD Program and RWJMS’s H.I.P.H.O.P. (Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project), a student-directed community service and learning program providing preventive education and clinical services to underserved populations in New Brunswick and Middlesex County

Match Results for Class of 2013

Congratulations to the MD/PhD class of 2013 on yet another successful match day!!

We are extremely proud of our graduating seniors who have been selected for positions at top-notch residency programs across the country, including:

  • Shannon Agner, PhD: St Louis Children's Hospital; Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO (Child Neurology)
  • Erin Haley, PhD: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA (Internal Medicine)
  • Eileen Hwang, PhD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (Ophthalmology)


March 2013: Congratulations to MD/PhD candidate Chase Hulderman, who has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from NJCCR, supervised by Dr. Yibin Kang, PhD (Princeton University)!


February 2013: Congratulations to Eileen Hwang, PhD for matching in Ophthalmology at the University of Utah School of Medicine!

Check back in late March for more match news from the class of 2013!


Nov 2012: MD/PhD Student Matt Kraushar, aka "Medical Matt", organizes post-Sandy volunteer rescue effort in Brooklyn (featured in several news sources linked below)

Fox News Article

NY Daily News Article

Brooklyn Paper

Red Hook Initiative


Check out our recent awards and publications!


Match Results for Class of 2012

Congratulations to the MD/PhD class of 2012 on their great success in the match! Our graduating seniors did extremely well this year, obtaining positions at highly regarded residency programs across the country, including:

  • University of California San Francisco, CA (Internal Medicine)
  • University of California San Francisco, CA (Orthopedic Surgery)
  • North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System, NY (Internal Medicine)
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, NJ (Med Prelim)
  • Geisinger Health System, PA (Radiology)
  • New Jersey Medical School, NJ (Med Prelim)
  • Boston University Medical Center, MA (Dermatology)
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA (Pathology)
  • University of Rochester, NY (Emergency Medicine)


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